When teenagers begin driving in New Jersey, parents typically worry about their safety on the road. They may not realize, though, that one hazard rides inside the car with their teenager--a cellphone. These devices can easily distract teens behind the wheel and may cause them to be involved in more collisions.
One of the reasons distracted driving leads to more accidents is that teenagers have their eyes on their cellphones instead of the road. CNBC says that before a collision occurs, adolescent drivers have their eyes away from the road for about 4.1 seconds. Drivers should typically look away from the road for three seconds at most. Other behavior behind the wheel can distract teens. Singing along with the radio or trying to grab an object, as well as speaking to multiple passengers, can take a teenager's mind off the road. Additionally, looking at an object either outside or inside the car can be a distraction.