Distractions are a major cause of crashes. It’s highly important that
you talk to your child about the following behaviors which increase
his or her risk of being in a crash:
• Focusing attention on other passengers in the vehicle.
• Eating, drinking or smoking while they drive.
• Changing the radio, CD or tape while driving.
• Reading a road map or taking notes while driving.
It is also important for you to talk to your teen about becoming familiar with a vehicle before getting behind the wheel. Topics such as
learning how to adjust the mirrors and seat, knowing how to select
entertainment options, locating the lights, turn signal and windshield
wipers are all important subjects that need to be addressed.