In light of events surrounding the tragic loss of Greeley, CO teen Alexander Heit,
we wanted to focus our efforts for this blog on providing
additional information and insight as it pertains to Teen
Distracted Driving. We came across an extremely informative article
in the March/April 2013 edition of "AAA Living". The article
focused on "Training Teens' Brains", paying particular attention to
teen driving. Per the article, "Some areas of the brain that
control functions critical to safe driving do not fully develop
until a person's 20s, according to the University of North
Carolina's Center for the Study of Young Drivers."
The article goes on to state that this may be a primary reason
why "teens speed or text while driving, even when they're fully
aware of the dangers." Researchers also found that some teens'
brains may have trouble comprehending and managing a series of
complex social situations. "As a result, driving with multiple
passengers can be dangerously distracting for teens."
So, how can we as parents be proactive about safety, before and
after our teens hit the roads? At ACE, we've compiled some
great links below that feature additional info and new
technology/apps that could be very instrumental in the fight to
keep teen drivers safe when they are seated behind the wheel.
Please keep in mind that while technology can be a wonderful tool
in the prevention of teen accidents, it should never replace
straight-talk with your kids regarding the hazards of distracted
driving. Be safe Northern Colorado.
Source(s): AAA.com, Mashable.com, AAA Living March/April
Edition, page 9.