Teen Driver Safety Week

October 16 – 22, 2022

National Teen Driver Safety Week is Oct. 16 to 22, 2022 with the theme of distracted driving: #DrivingTakes100.

DYK? Distraction can be defined as anything that takes a driver’s attention away from the task at hand and can be classified into three categories: visual, manual and cognitive. Some examples of driver distraction include daydreaming, using your phone to talk, text/read, talking to friends in the car, switching songs, changing the temperature, eating, smoking and even putting on make-up.

The legal definition of distracted driving varies by province and territory, as do the penalties for this offence. Make sure you’re familiar with the distracted driving laws in your area. *Young drivers may drive distracted for different reasons: fear of missing out (FOMO), texting while driving to stay connected to their friends. Drivers who text while driving are up to six times more likely to be involved in a crash. That message can wait. When you use your cell phone, your eyes aren’t on the road, and you miss seeing information you need to drive safely. Don’t put yourself or others at risk; keep your focus on the road.

Your phone can do a lot of things, but it can’t drive a car. Turn your phone off while you’re driving.

Don’t drive distracted: Text your friends before you leave, wait to post your new video when you get home, and leave your phone in the back seat.

Learn more at parachute.ca/ntdsw #NTDSW2022 #DrivingTakes100

Road Safety (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca)

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