Friday, December 10, 2010

Are You a Distracted Driver? Test Yourself.

According to a recent study by AAA and Seventeen Magazine, 86 percent of teenagers drive while talking on their cell phones, texting, eating, putting on makeup, fiddling with the radio/stereo, etc. If what I see during my daily commute is any indication, I think it's safe to say that adults are also guilty of distracted driving.

To teach teens about the dangers of distracted driving, there is a new website and digital curriculum out, Toyota Teen Driver, produced by Discovery Education and Toyota. Teachers and parents, of course, will want to check out the resources to help their students/offspring make wise choices while driving (parents can even create a mutual driving agreement). What I want the rest of you to check out, though, is the "Head's Up!" interactive road distraction challenge. It takes a few seconds to load, but once the site loads you can take practice driving challenges that are definitely test one's driving skills. I seemed to veer off the road quite a bit. There is also a Driving IQ test that drivers of any age should try.

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