Driving challenge highlights distracted driving risks

July 16, 2010 5:17:52 PM PDT
Car crashes remain the top killer of American teens, and distractions like texting or talking on the phone can lead to tragedy.

Parents and teens saw firsthand how distractions from their cars can affect driving at Allstate Insurance Company's Family Driving Challenge held at U.S. Cellular Field Friday. Instructors took parent-teen teams through an obstacle course which included distractions such as phone calls, texting, rowdy passengers, and police distracters.

"It is impossible to be an effective driver with all the distractions that were thrown at us today," said Todd Gentile.

"Today really showed me you cannot do it, because just one second off the road - you can be in an accident," said teen driver Nicke Hupp.

Texting and driving kills an average of eleven teens every day. With each added distraction, the course became more difficult, and both teens and parents hit the cones and veered off-course.

"It is making sure parents have that conversation to make sure their teen is better-prepared on the road," said Allstate's Ellie Klooster.

After completing the course, parents and teens placed their thumbprint on a banner and pledged not to text and drive.


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