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Distracted Driving: A Public Health Issue

Distracted Driving: A Public Health Issue

Picture this: Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman) is driving Miss Daisy (Jessica Tandy) around town when he interrupts her to say, "Please hold on Miss Daisy. I gotta call my brother about dinner tonight." We bet Miss Daisy would have had a few choice words for Hoke.

Well Moms and Dads, you need to say a few choice words to your newly licensed teens about the dangers of distracted driving. You know, dialing, texting, or doing anything else besides driving when they are behind the wheel. Yet another study reveals that 10% of the time drivers (that includes Mom and Dad BTW) are preoccupied with something else -- such as texting or eating -- while piloting their cars. (Dialing a cell just once a day while driving makes your RealAge more than 1 year older!) Distracted driving is particularly devastating for new drivers: They increase their risk of crashing or having a near miss seven- to eightfold when reaching for a phone (or other object) or dialing, and quadruple it if they’re texting. While young drivers account for 6% of folks behind the wheel, they cause 10% of all fatal accidents and 14% of accidents that inflict injuries.

Related: Test your driving smarts. Take our Safe Driving Quiz.

Folks you need to teach your children safe driving habits by setting an example -- stay off the phone (it’s our pledge to do so too) -- and then by explaining to them why distracted driving is reckless. It makes everyone's RealAge a lot older, especially if someone causes an accident. Now get home safe!

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