In support of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and California Teen Safe Driving Week, Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy is teaming up with Impact Teen Drivers, California Office of Traffic Safety and California Highway Patrol (CHP) to host teen driver safety events in Southern California.
The events are designed to increase awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and help teens become safer and more responsible drivers.
As part of the events in Los Angeles and San Diego, Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy, a California DMV-certified teen driving school, is coaching teens through a closed distracted driving course.
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The demonstrations are taking place at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, CA on Wednesday, April 2 and at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on April 3.
The driving demonstrations allow students to drive on a closed course, first without distractions, and then again with the introduction of distractions – ranging from noisy passengers to cell phone usage to performing simple tasks within the vehicle.
“The number one cause of death amongst teens is car crashes, with 90% of crashes due to driver error. It’s disheartening because these tragedies are preventable,” said Carolyn Duchene, director of Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy. “Parents can make a huge difference by simply being role models behind the wheel.”
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To help avoid driving distractions, Duchene offers these tips for both parents and teens:
Before you leave
- Plan ahead by mapping out and reviewing your route before you start your drive
- Adjust mirrors, seats, climate control and radio before you start driving or ask your passenger
- Turn off your cell phone or place it out of reach. Store it in a glove compartment, back seat or in the trunk
- Have a snack prior to driving to help avoid eating while you are driving
- Pull over if you need to make a call or send a text message
- Be a responsible passenger. Do not allow anyone to drive you if they are distracted
- Do a “head-check”: How are you feeling? Are you anxious? Do you feel sick? Are you feeling stressed out? Make sure your mind is on driving before you even make your trip!
During the workshops, certified Mercedes-Benz Driving Coaches provide valuable information on Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws, teen driving statistics, strategies for safe driving, and tips on how to choose the best driving school to meet your needs.