Posts Tagged ‘teen driving’

Are Teen Drivers With ADHD More Risky?

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have difficulty concentrating, which can mean trouble when they start driving, according to a post by Eric Evarts on the Consumer Reports Cars Blog.

Evarts quotes Greg Fabiano, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University at Buffalo, who is conducting ongoing research into ADHD driver safety. Check out the post, which also discusses teen-parent driving contracts, defensive-driving clinics and the dangers — for ANY driver — of texting and driving. I love how Consumer Reports places so much emphasis on driver safety. Lots of great info for parents there.

Full disclosure: In addition to being the mom of a son who gets his driving permit in June(!), I’m also the social-media reporter for Consumer Reports. You can find me on Twitter at @CReporter. (Follow @kathysena for my personal acct, too. See you there!)

Consumer Reports Wants to Ask Your High Schooler About Distracted Driving

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Consumer Reports is surveying high school students about their attitudes and practices regarding distracted driving. And they need your help.

If your child is in high school, please ask him or her to take this quick Survey Monkey survey. When the results are published this spring, I’ll link to them here. Thanks!

(Note: I’m the social-media reporter for Consumer Reports. Follow me on Twitter at @CReporter for all the latest consumer news! You can also follow me at @kathysena.) And be sure to check out the wonderful Consumer Reports blogs.

Texting While Driving: Your Feedback

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Texting on a keyboard phone

Wow. Yesterday's post, which showed a fairly shocking new PSA on teen texting while driving, has created a bit of a splash, with people discussing it on Facebook and Twitter. Many said they were going to show the video to their teens. One woman promised to send it to her texting-crazed sister.

But one woman commented, in a very thoughtful message, that she thought the video was far too graphic for her teens. She said she didn't allow her teens to see R-rated movies and she thought there were better ways to get the point across than to show them a video that was potentially nightmare-causing.

I appreciated her thoughtful comment, and it made me think. I do believe you have to know your individual kid to know how to handle these
decisions. (And boy, they
don't seem to get easier!)

I think a lot of kids hear Mom or Dad
talking about driving safety (or being a safe passenger) and it sounds
like the adults in a Peanuts cartoon: "Wah wah, wah wah wah…" They
see themselves as being talented multitaskers — and Mom and Dad as being
hopelessly out of touch.

For some, it might take the shock of
seeing exactly what can happen in a moment of inattention to really
grab them by the collar and say "PAY ATTENTION!"

funny. Yesterday I was complaining about Matt saying I'm the mom who
won't let him see R-rated movies at 13. And today I made sure he saw
this shocking, violent PSA video. I guess I don't put them in the same category.

But I respect this mom's opinion. I think we all know best how to reach our own kids.

What do you think? Is it too graphic to show to your teen? Or is it just the wake-up call some kids need?

P.S. Check out this October 2008 post, "Put Down the Cell Phone: Save a Life — Important Advice for Parents & Teens" on The post was written by a high school intern at the magazine, Stephanie DeCross. From the post: "…We could reflect on and learn from recent tragedies like the one in
Fairport where texting may have caused a terrible accident which cost
five graduating seniors their lives. Reports noted that moments before
the crash a cell phone was used from within the vehicle to send and
receive messages. The young women involved were in the wrong place at
the wrong time… and possibly preoccupied by this fatal distraction. They
were not, as we are not, invincible."

Texting and Driving: Public Service Announcement in England Shows it Like it Is

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

If you were watching the Today Show this morning, you may have seen parts of this public service announcement from England showing a group of teen girls in a car as they get into a horrific crash due to inattentive driving (texting, in this case). It’s shocking, really, compared with similar PSAs in the U.S. It’s graphic and upsetting and not something young children should see.

However… It should be required viewing in all high schools, in my opinion. It should be required viewing for all adults, too, in fact. I see so many people — not just teens — driving while talking on a cell phone, texting, applying mascara. Do they not realize they are driving a couple of tons of fast-moving metal? A potentially lethal weapon?

As a parent I feel so strongly about this. I worry for my son, his friends — all of us — when I see what’s going on on the roads today.

Being sorry later isn’t good enough. We need to get kids’ attention now. Today.

Show your teens this video. Talk with them about inattentive driving. We parents need to step up to the plate here and not only set form guidelines but also teach by example.

Our kids’ lives are at stake.

“But My Kid Doesn’t LIKE Seat Belts…”

Monday, June 1st, 2009

So sad. Read in the paper today that a lovely young girl, who had just turned 16, was killed in a car accident on the way to her prom.

Another teen was driving, and there were a number of others in the car. Most received minor injuries. But this girl, the only one in the SUV not wearing a seat belt, was ejected. And she died.

If you think you don't have to worry about this for a long time because you have young kids, think again. The habits you teach them today will go a long way toward keeping them safe when they're older.

Never drive without using your own seat belt. Insist that all passengers wear theirs. Every time. No exceptions.

I heard a mom say recently that her preschooler "doesn't like the seat belt, so what can I do?" Are you kidding me? Who is in charge here?

Do I sound a little cranky about this? You bet I am. There are things that can harm our kids that we worry about but don't have a lot of control over. But when it comes to seat-belt use, we're in charge.

Make sure they buckle up. Every time. Catch your teen driving without a seat belt? Yank her driving privileges for a time and tell her why. Show her this post. Tell her you love her.

The girl who died Saturday night? Her family said she wanted to work for the FBI after college. She wanted to help people. Now she's gone. But maybe her story can help another teen. If it reminds him or her to buckle up.