Kathie Lee & Hoda: Distracted Driving Rampant Issue With Teens
The leading cause of deaths in our country is car crashes, and with 62 percent of teen girls using a phone behind the wheel, distracted driving has become a main cause of car crashes. Teen Vogue has partnered with Toyota to try and end distracted driving by providing apps for smartphones that take care of answering calls and texts for you while driving. The topic is covered in this month’s issue of Teen Vogue.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Amanda Clear Texting & Driving
Half of the teenage girls in the 62 percent using phones while driving are texting or emailing, like Amanda Clear, the survivor of a distracted driving crash. Amanda stopped by Kathie Lee & Hoda with Teen Vogue editor Amy Ashley to talk about her life-changing experience.
Amanda, an Air Force veteran, was driving from an Air Force base in New Jersey to visit friends in Virginia. She was alone in her car for the five-hour trip, and she found herself bored. She said that she does not remember if she was texting, emailing, talking on the phone, updating her Facebook status, or looking at her GPS on her phone when she crashed into the back of a tractor trailer.
The gruesome images of the crash and the aftermath shown on Kathie Lee & Hoda demonstrate just how real this problem is. Amanda was placed into a medically induced coma for a week and lost one of her eyes due to the crash.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: How To End Distracted Driving
Kids have grown up with cell phones glued to their hands, feeling as if they must always respond to a text immediately. However, distracted driving is not only a problem in teenagers. Adults are guilty of distracted driving as well. When you get a call or text while driving, pull off to the side of the road or find a close exit to pull off and stop. Even using hands-free software, you’re still distracted. So download one of the free apps offered by Teen Vogue or just try to wait until you’re not driving to answer your phone. Amanda said it’s hard for her to go back to her traumatic experience to share her story, but she said, “I do what I do because it means so much to me … if I can save one person’s life, it’s worth it.”