In honor of Safe Teen Driving Day®, Be Smart. Be Well. releases new online quiz testing teen drivers’ knowledge of driving risks and driving distractions.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports teen drinking and driving is on the decline, other driving risks remain; and motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Using humor and a light-hearted style, the Teen Driving Quiz presents multiple-choice questions on driving risks and information about how to manage them.
For example, teens may not know that teen passengers pose one of the biggest risks to teen drivers. That’s because they can distract the driver. According to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, just two teen passengers doubles a teen driver’s risk of fatal crash; three or more teen passengers quadruples a teen driver’s fatal-crash risk.
Also, teens may think they are being safe drivers when they talk on a hands-free phone. But according to research compiled by the National Safety Council (NSC) it is just as dangerous to drive and talk using a hands-free phone as it is to drive and talk using a handheld phone. That’s because it’s the phone conversation that distracts the brain, whether it takes place via a handheld or hands-free device.
Recognize Safe Teen Driving Day by asking a teen: Think you’re a good driver? Prove it. Take the besmartbewell.com Teen Driving Quiz.
Safe Teen Driving Day
Throughout the week of June 16, leading up to Safe Teen Driving Day on June 20, besmartbewell.com will host daily live Q&A sessions on Facebook. The Q&A sessions will feature teen driving experts from the CDC, NSC and others, and also invite participation from besmartbewell.com’s 120,000 Facebook fans.
As part of Safe Teen Driving Day, besmartbewell.com is also hosting a photo contest. Teen drivers can submit a photo fromJune 4 to June 18, 2014 that shows what inspires them to be a good driver. The winner will receive a $50 gas card and their photo will be featured as besmartbewell.com’s Facebook cover photo on June 20, the official Safe Teen Driving Day.
Besmartbewell.com provides practical information to help parents of teen drivers. At besmartbewell.com/teen-driving, parents will find:
- Interviews with leading experts, real parents and real teens
- Sample driving agreements
- Reputable resources and links for more information
- In-depth articles, slideshows and more resources
At the site, visitors can also sign up for the bimonthly Spotlight Newsletter and biweekly News Alerts for more articles and breaking news on teen driving other important health topics.
About Be Smart. Be Well.
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