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Break the Silence


Are you pretending not to notice the dangerous situation you may be in?


According to results from a survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 90 percent of the 6,000 drivers polled said distracted driving is very unsafe. However, only one-third of the respondents between the ages of 18 to 24 claimed they would say something while riding in a car with a driver who was talking or texting on a cell phone.


We have all seen at least a few of the several attempts to curbing distracted driving, such as helpful smartphone apps, awareness campaigns or even proposed laws. Although these attempts have helped-what are we doing in the cars we ride in everyday to speak up against distractions?


Have you ever been in a car with a distracted driver? Did you say something? Maybe you didn't know what to say. After all if you are riding with them you probably have a relationship of some kind and don't want to cause conflict. Maybe it's your best friend, parent, coach or sibling. Whoever it is you're still in a car, made of heavy metal, traveling faster than you can walk with a distracted driver...


Did you know?

  • Eight in 10 teens say that if a friend told them their driving behavior made their friend feel uncomfortable, they would listen.
  • Nearly 70% of teens say they have a lot or some influence to stop their friends from driving recklessly when they are a passenger.
  • Four in 10 teens say that in the past six months they have been in a situation when they felt concerned that a friend's driving behavior put them at risk as a passenger.
  • Nearly 80% of teens call the issue of youth reckless driving prevention extremely important to them personally.


Here are some tips to help you speak up:  

Make a suggestion. - "I noticed you're looking at your phone a lot. Do you mind not doing that?"

Tell them straight. - "Hey park over there so we can both eat without dying."

Do something. - Take their phone and say "I'll text that for you, what do you want to say?"

Make it a big deal. - "I'm not going to ride with you again if you don't start paying attention to the road!"

Take a stance. - Stick to your word. Don't ride with a friend or person who won't change their habits.


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