Driving-Tests.org Releases Safe Teen Driving Materials Free for Schools, Libraries, Community Groups, and Parents

After 78% of US teens admit to reading text messages while driving; online driver education test provider Driving-Tests.org encourages drivers of all ages to pledge that they will start driving phone-free.

30 APRIL 2014, WASHINGTON, DC
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Driving-Tests.org has released a complete set of materials to help educate young drivers on the dangers of not focusing on the road, based on the needs determined by the site’s teen driver survey results. The series includes colorful posters, infographics, a parent-teen driver contract, and a distraction-free driving pledge.

In an effort to make our roads safer, Driving-Tests.org announced today that it has joined the “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All” campaign to stop distracted driving. Driving-Tests.org, a leader in online driver education, has pledged its support to help spread the message that distracted drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but everyone else on the road.

“We all know that talking on our cell phones while driving is distracting, but that doesn’t stop most people from continuing to do it,” said Andrei Zakhareuski. “This effort is intended to educate our community about the dangers of cell phone use and other distractions while driving. We hope that once people see the statistics and realize the danger involved, they will change their driving habits to help protect themselves, their families, and others on the road.”

Although 2013 statistics have not been released, in 2012, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 421,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. An even more surprising statistic is that teen drivers are 4x more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near-crashes when talking or texting on a cell phone.

While anything that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off the task of driving is a hazard, there is heightened concern about the risks of texting while driving because it combines all three types of distraction – visual, manual and cognitive. For teenage drivers, inexperience and immaturity, combined with distracted driving, can put lives in danger and contribute to the high fatality rate of teens involved in fatal crashes.

The national distracted driving effort focuses on ways to change the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness and education – the same activities that have curbed drunk driving and increased seat belt use.

That’s why Driving-Tests.org is observing National Distracted Driving Awareness and Enforcement Month in April. “Every driver in the United States has a role in this effort,” said Zakhareuski. “However, we especially want to reach out to parents with teen drivers because we know that statistically, the under-20 age group had the highest proportion of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes.”

Driving-Tests.org, a leading online education provider of permit practice tests for learner drivers, has identified their main goal for this campaign – to save lives by getting drivers to remember that “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All.”

For more information about distracted driving, please visit driving-tests.org or distraction.gov.

Driving-Tests.org is a leading expert in online driver education. The company provides free permit practice tests for US learner drivers. Written by a team of automotive experts, the permit practice tests are designed to simulate the actual exam administered by the DMV in each one of the 50 US states. The company also offers a mobile app, helpful tips and useful information about safe driving tips, and information about owning and caring for a car.

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"We all know that talking on our cell phones while driving is distracting, but that doesn’t stop most people from continuing to do it,” said Andrei Zakhareuski. “This effort is intended to educate our community about the dangers of cell phone use and other distractions while driving. We hope that once people see the statistics and realize the danger involved, they will change their driving habits to help protect themselves, their families, and others on the road" Andrei Zakhareuski
"Every driver in the United States has a role in this effort. However, we especially want to reach out to parents with teen drivers because we know that statistically, the under-20 age group had the highest proportion of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes." Andrei Zakhareuski
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About Driving-Tests.org

Location: Headquarters in Hamilton, ON, Canada. Remote team located around the world.

Driving-Tests.org (DTO) is a part of Elegant E-Learning, Inc., a seven-year old company with a proven track record of revolutionizing and providing free online resources for English teachers and instructors. With our parent company’s site BusyTeacher.org, now in its ninth year of operations as a trusted web presence for teachers worldwide, we aimed to fill a gap in the educational marketplace. Driving-Tests.org is part of a plan to do the same for driver safety by making free permit practice tests written by experts available to anyone who wants to study, along with online copies of official state or province study guides. To help achieve this goal, our company has also created driving permit practice sites for the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, India and Canada.

DTO currently partners with over 1,900 public libraries across the United States to make its permit practice tests accessible through the libraries’ computers. The company also has several national non-profit partnerships with the National Safety Council, National Organizations for Youth Safety, American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association, and the Roadway Safety Foundation. In 2016, DTO’s site had over 16 million unique visitors.

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