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TDS mission is to educate young drivers’ safe and healthy driving habits to reduce the number of teenage traffic fatalities.
There is no other hazard or behavior comes close to claiming as many teenage lives as getting behind the wheel of an automobile. It is the leading cause of death among teens.
Driving an automobile is one of the most dangerous things a teen will do. Simply put, more teens die from automobile accidents than from all other fatalities combined. Over the last few years, vehicle safety has improved marginally, but potential distractions have multiplied exponentially. Cell phones, MP3 players, Text messaging, PDA’s Navigation Systems and DVD players are just some of the things that can take attention away from the task of responsible driving. Because teens have less experience driving, then tend to engage in driving behavior that their older and more experienced peers would not.
Education is an important tool in helping teens realize the risks involved in driving an automobile. Even if the teen is a passenger, this knowledge can help them in recognizing potentially risky situations or behavior.
Some contributing factors:
Driver distraction includes, eating, drinking, loud music, friends, phone and texting.
Excessive speed, not obeying traffic laws
Add to these the fact that teens usually are driving less expensive, older automobiles, which are often less safe in a crash, and you have a potentially life threatening situation.
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