Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Flashback Friday – Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 20, 2018
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Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness and share solutions to prevent injury and death on our roads from distracted driving. Driving while distracted can make it difficult to react during a potential crash, especially for teen drivers. We join the National Safety Council and other organizations dedicated to preventing teen crashes by resharing a blog post by Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE for today’s Flashback Friday.

In the post, Dr. Durbin explains that distracted driving is a complex issue that extends beyond a driver’s smartphone. The goal of any related solution is to keep the driver engaged in driving-related tasks, despite a number of potential sources of distraction.

Remaining fully engaged with driving is particularly important for teens, and CIRP investigators are conducting research to help teens focus on driving and avoid distractions, including cell phones, peer passengers, and even parents. Read about this research in these blog posts:

  • Good Passengers and Not Good Passengers… –  Do teens think peer passengers are distracting? In this post, Catherine McDonald, PhD, RN shares why teen drivers find peer passengers both beneficial and detrimental.
  • Parents Part of Problem When Teens Drive Distracted – In this post about research published in Accident Analysis and Prevention, teen drivers received the most phone calls while driving from their parents
  • The Developing Brain and Teen Driving – Do inexperienced teen drivers have more difficulty managing distractions? In this post, Elizabeth Walshe, PhD suggests that they do related to the ongoing development of the frontal lobe of the brain during adolescence. They have less ability to filter out distractions because the task of driving is still so new.
  • What Teens Think About Cell Phone Use Behind the Wheel – Although teens recognize that talking or texting on a cell phone or using social media apps while driving is unsafe, they often engage in these behaviors while driving. In this post, Catherine McDonald, PhD, RN talks about ways to encourage teens to not drive distracted.

Click here to access facts and stats about distracted driving.

Click here to learn about distracted driving laws.

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