5 SMART Tips for Distracted Driving Prevention
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At GetDismissed, we understand that as a parent of a new teen driver, your top priority is the safety of your child. We know that distracted driving is a common cause of accidents and can result in hefty fines and penalties, especially in California.
To prevent distracted driving, it’s important to teach your teen about safe driving habits. The Pediatric Trauma Program at University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital recommends the S-M-A-R-T method. Here’s what that stands for:
This means keeping your attention on the road and not allowing any distractions, such as using your phone, eating, or engaging in conversations with passengers, to take your focus away from driving. It’s crucial to maintain focus on the road to identify and react to any hazards that may arise while driving.
This involves taking care of any tasks or activities before you start driving, such as securing children and pets, adjusting your car’s climate controls, and finding your sunglasses. By completing these tasks before driving, you can avoid being distracted by them while on the road.
This means refraining from engaging in any activities that could divert your attention away from driving, such as using your phone, eating, or adjusting your car’s stereo or navigation system. When you’re behind the wheel, your focus should be solely on driving safely.
This involves asking your passengers for assistance with tasks such as navigation, adjusting the radio, or finding items in the car. By relying on your passengers for these tasks, you can avoid being distracted by them while driving.
Leave your phone alone: This means refraining from using your phone for any reason while driving. Not only is using your phone while driving illegal in California, but it is also extremely dangerous and a leading cause of distracted driving accidents.
To put this into practice, encourage your teen to keep their eyes on the road, scan for hazards, keep both hands on the wheel, and check for blind spots. Before starting the car, they should secure children and pets, find their sunglasses, and store loose items. They should avoid all other activities while driving, including using their phone, consuming food or drink, and adjusting the stereo or climate controls. Instead, they can rely on passengers to help with navigation, adjusting the radio, or finding things in the car. Lastly, it’s important to stress the importance of not using their phone while driving and creating a calm environment inside the car by asking friends and family not to contact them while they are on the road.
If your teen does receive a traffic ticket for distracted driving, the penalties can include fines, points on their driving record, and even a suspended license. However, with the help of GetDismissed, you can fight the California traffic ticket and potentially get it dismissed. We have experience handling all types of traffic violations in California, including distracted driving tickets. Let us help you protect your teen’s driving record and keep their insurance rates low.
GetDismissed produces results in fighting all kinds of tickets. Unfortunately, this list does not include exhibition of speed citations. Your best bet in fighting one of these infractions, is to contact an attorney. An attorney can negotiate on your behalf to try and reduce fines, or even to reduce the charges to a lesser infraction which could possibly qualify for traffic school.
We do however, contest infractions revolving around speeding, red lights, red light cameras, cell phones, signs (primarily stop signs), carpool violations, U-turns, out of lane violations, and commercial violations. If you receive a citation and have questions, contact us today.