Automakers embrace Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 3, 2013 12:00 AM

Distracted driving is a major problem facing young people on the roads today. Throughout the month of April, automakers and similar groups will be hosting several events in recognition of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and some efforts can be helpful for parents and young drivers around the U.S. 

The Governors Highway Safety Association recently released a report looking at crashes with teen drivers. Results showed the number of deaths of 16- and 17-year-old drivers increased 19 percent during the first half of 2012 - and many of them could have been prevented. To help keep these young people safe on the roads, groups are encouraging parents to take a more active role in mentoring their kids. 

"Parents must remember that their driving behaviors are being witnessed and replicated by their teen drivers," said Carolyn Duchene, director of the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy. "So it's important that parents not only remind their teens about the dangers and consequences of distracted driving, but they must also be good role models behind the wheel." 

Services like the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy can guide young people as they learn the basics of driving by showing just how detrimental distractions like cell phones, noisy passengers and music can be. While parents can still set the bar, showing a teen these dangers and teaching them the basics of vehicle maintenance can go a long way in keeping them safe. 

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