April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Nebraska Safety Center is touting their driver education course as a good way to teach teens the importance of not driving distracted.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says drivers who are under 20-years-old account for the greatest number of distracted drivers.
The statistics say 16 percent of all drivers under 20 involved in fatal crashes were reportedly driving distracted; teen drivers are also four times more likely than adults to be involved in an accident related to distracted driving; and across all age groups, using a phone while driving increased the odds of an accident 23 percent.
One of the goals of the driver education course at the Nebraska Safety Center is to educate inexperienced teen driver on safe driving practices, including not driving distracted.
The Nebraska Safety Center is one of a very few training centers in the nation that offers a full-size driving range and state-of-the-art simulator program. Additionally, the program exceeds both the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles regulations and insurance industry discount guidelines.
Benefits of the center's driving program include small class sizes, experience in the classroom, with the simulators, and on the street. The program is open to any student 14 years old or older with a valid permit. Payment plans are available upon request.
However even when teens are made aware of the dangers, officials know that they are not so easily convinced to change their ways.
According to a 2013 survey by SADD and Liberty Mutual, 96 percent of teens say they understand that using a phone is distracting while driving, but 86 percent of those teens admitted to talking on a cell phone while driving and 68 percent admitted to readying or replying to text messages while driving.
Parents can join in the effort to reduce distracted driving in teens by going to www.lifesaver-app.com.