A new category for distracted driving.

Posted on by Defensive Driving Team | in My Kind of Driving

With all the research and focus on driving distracted by using electronic devices, one category has been left virtually untouched: Driving with children.

It’s not just the teen with the cell phone we need to worry about, but also the minivan two lanes over. Unless your children were dropped off by the “Well Behaved Fairy”, every parent has had a road trip with an unruly child.

Distracted driving is thought to be the cause of 80% of all crashes. Parents of young children are especially vulnerable to distractions. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that children are about four times as distracting to drivers as adult passengers are, while babies make it eight times harder to concentrate. Drivers with children passengers have to referee backseat battles, soothe the crier, entertain the screamer, and deflect toys by the thrower all while navigating through miles of traffic.

Parents magazine has an amazing article the gives driver safety tips for mature driving with children:

1) Feed the kids a meal or snack before leaving. Quieting the troops with endless juice boxes encourages them to make food demands in the car – which you can’t safely accommodate.

 

2) Feed yourself at home too. Drinking and eating while driving are linked to higher crash rates.

3) Before getting in the car, turn off your cell phone and place it out of your reach. If you must keep it on, use ring-tones to identify the few calls you’ll answer: for example, ones from the sitter or your kids. Tell everyone else you won’t answer when you’re behind the wheel.

I am still researching how to deal with children who don’t like carseats; I’ll keep you posted.

|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 98404 ratings and reviews.

Siebrigje TX, United States
The experience was great, easy, and very professional.
Coleman United States
Easy to navigate website
Stratton
quick and easy sign up!
Sarahi
Very fast
Nestor
Quick
ROBERT
Quick and Easy.
Ivan United States
Fast and easy.
Aaron TX, United States
It has been very easy.
mario TX, United States
Cheap, easy, and informative. Look no further.
James
Easy to register. Easy to follow.
Jennifer United States
Very easy and fast!
Abelardo TX, United States
Great, fast & reliable!
kaylin United States
It was great, fast, and easy.
Patricia
Easy to use and register!
Wendy TX, United States
The process was easy and efficient.
Courtney United States
Very easy lesson while in the comfort of my home.
Brittany United States
Overall great.
Stephen TX, United States
It was pretty easy, very user friendly, and an overall simple experience.
Willie TX, United States
Fast and easy
Michael
Nice and easy
Natali TX, United States
user friendly
C.T. TX, United States
Fast and easy to use. Good program.
Emma TX, United States
It was easy to understand and complete.
Chad
Smooth sailing introductory process. Love the website.
Hugo TX, United States
Easy to navigate.
Armando
Good website very easy to use
Broderick TX, United States
It was fast and easy
Randy United States
Great experience
Peter United States
Quick, easy, and painless
Victor
Excellent
Taylor
Easy!
Victoria
Awesome
Evelyn United States
Professionally done and very interesting to watch
Johnathan United States
Great experience
Allishis
It's easy to use
Senetra
It’s great simple and easy
Andres
Fast and Easy!
MARCUS
Great customer service satisfaction
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course