When it comes to teen driving safety, there are more distractions than ever for the teenage driver thanks to the popularity of smart phones and other mobile devices. For some parents, one part of the answer to teenage distracted driving has been found in older form of technology: manual transmissions.
Teenagers & Distracted Driving Accidents: A Lot to Think About
Seattle, Washington’s KING 5 recently reported on the parents of a new teen driver who opted to buy a car with a manual transmission. Preventing distracted driving was the reason these parents made this decision. The need to multitask while driving a stick shift is something these parents felt would displace other distractions.
Operating a clutch to drive leaves little time for distractions. Unless the driver stays focused on appropriate shifting and clutch action, the car will stop. At the same time, learning how to drive stick shift is an added benefit onto itself for some young drivers. The teenage driver can take pride in their skillful operation of a car with a standard transmission.
It is heartening that parents are taking steps to reduce distracted driving for their teenage drivers. Having new drivers start by learning to drive a car with a manual transmission teaches them to stay focused on driving. This automobile choice for their teenager’s first car is not unique to this Seattle couple. Jalopnik states that they have been promoting such a choice for years.
Finding a fun way to keep a teenager’s focus on safe driving can be difficult. With so many distractions available to the teen, learning to drive a manual transmission may seem to be counter intuitive. As it turns out, however, operating a manual transmission both adds to a young driver’s driving skills while making common distractions like texting while driving nearly impossible..
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