The National Distracted Drivers Awareness Month is a combined effort by local law enforcement agencies to raise awareness about the consequences of distracted driving. This initiative aims to pinpoint the dangers of distracted driving and to minimize deaths that can be prevented by mindful driving. Drivers who appear distracted by texting, holding a cell phone, or in another way, may be given tickets now, and throughout the year.

Drivers who are most likely to be ticketed during this month are teenagers, and not just any teenagers but especially the ones who have recently learned how to drive. Teenagers are often found using their cellphones to text or make phone calls while they are driving. Statistics say that 1000 people are injured, and at least 9 people die due to distracted driving. In other words, it is not just about saving yourself from getting tickets, but it is also about protecting yourself and others from being potentially hurt or dying.

We have compiled a list of tips on how you can protect your new teenage driver during the National Distracted Drivers Month. By following these 8 tips, you may not only be able to help your child learn to be responsible but save precious lives as well.

  • Turn your cell phone off while you drive.
  • When you drive, place your cell phone in a place that is inaccessible to you during driving.
  • Do not call others, or text them, when you think that they might be driving.
  • Before you start driving, set your playlist and any controls you might want to adjust.
  • Refrain from eating or driving while you drive.
  • Avoid trying to pick something up that might have fallen while you are driving. Instead, stop the car and park it aside and then pick it.
  • Avoid reading or playing videos while you drive.
  • Avoid adjusting your hair or makeup while you drive.

These are some of the ways you can protect your new teenage driver during the National Distracted Drivers Month. Educate your young loved ones and drive cautiously and stay safe on the road. We know you may have questions if your child has been involved in an accident. We are your local team right here, ready to assist you in Tallahassee. Call us any time, day or night.