Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Technology Use and Driving

As kids are headed back to school this year, the roads will be busier with new and inexperienced drivers. Utah State Law provides guidelines for teenage drivers. Click here for Utah's Teen Drivers Guide.   These drivers are also likely to fall into the category of kids who have access to technology. In addition to basic diving rules, it is important to set expectations for responsible use of technology in car for kids and teenagers, whether they the driver or the passenger.  A few tips and reminders listed here, are a good place to start.

  • Wear safety belt, follow driving and traffic laws and obey signs.
  • No cell phone use while driving: this includes talking and texting.
  • Limit cell phone use while riding as the passenger in a teenage driver's vehicle. This will limit the distraction to the new driver.
  • Lower the volume on the radio and music. Be aware of emergency vehicles and limit distractions.
  • Limit nighttime driving.  Utah Law states that teen drivers under 17, may not drive between Midnight and 5 a.m. (See exceptions)
  • Parents: Be a good example while you are driving and your teenager will be more likely to follow your rules and expectations.
An example of a Parent/Teen Driving Agreement can be found here and is provided by the National Safety Council.  

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