Instructor: Distraction is biggest danger for teen drivers - New York News

Instructor: Distraction is biggest danger for teen drivers

Posted: Updated:
RICHFIELD, Minn. (KMSP) -

For most adults, defensive driving was the focus of driver's ed -- but now, instructors are trying steer teens away from being distracted on the road.

As the memorial for the two teens who died in Burnsville on Tuesday grows, so too does the understanding of what it takes to be a teen driver.

At Elite Driving School in Richfield, James Kilibarda speaks with his students about distracted driving each and every day.

"Food, make-up, iPods, music -- all these things are distractions," Kilibarda explained.

Talking about distractions is one thing, but telling the real story of two teens dying is another. He says the recent tragedy shows that people drivers to be leaders in the car.

"You have to be the mature one. You are responsible. You have to say, 'Guys, relax, shut up,'" Kilibarda said.

Kilibarda stresses that both drivers and passengers need to speak up so a driver can concentrate when distractions threaten the safety of the trip.

The number of young people inside a car is also a huge topic in the class, because having just one person under the age of 21 increases a 16- or 17-year-old driver's chance of dying by 44 percent. Two people doubles that risk. Three young people will quadruple the risk.

Unsurprisingly, teens focus on the road more with an adult in the car, and Kilibarda said it's crucial that parents be leaders by practicing what they preach.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Manhattan fire

    Manhattan fire

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:35 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:35:42 GMT
    A large fire was burning in Manhattan on Friday morning.The FDNY was called to 251 E. 35th St. around 11 a.m. It quickly went to two alarms.The building houses a Chinese Restaurant on the first floor and residential units on the upper floors.Thick black smoke was seen over the scene.This is a developing story and will be updated.
    A large fire was burning in Manhattan on Friday morning.The FDNY was called to 251 E. 35th St. around 11 a.m. It quickly went to two alarms.The building houses a Chinese Restaurant on the first floor and residential units on the upper floors.Thick black smoke was seen over the scene.This is a developing story and will be updated.
  • Expert: 'Mini tornado' caused skydiver death

    Expert: 'Mini tornado' caused skydiver death

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:23 AM EDT2014-08-01 14:23:52 GMT
    A safety expert for a national skydiving association says a "mini tornado" caused the accident that killed a correction officer and injured his instructor during a tandem jump.
    A safety expert for a national skydiving association says a "mini tornado" caused the accident that killed a correction officer and injured his instructor during a tandem jump.
  • 8 things to do in August

    8 things to do in August

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:16 AM EDT2014-08-01 14:16:28 GMT

    July came and went in the blink of an eye, or squint since the sun was so bright. As you dwell on the memories of 4th of July, weekends at the beach, nights at the ballpark and a good amount of warm weather, August is going to be another month to make more memories. Restaurant Week is still going on as well as SummerStage, but there is so much more happening in August. Here's a list of 8 things you can do in  New York throughout the month of August.

    July came and went in the blink of an eye, or squint since the sun was so bright. As you dwell on the memories of 4th of July, weekends at the beach, nights at the ballpark and a good amount of warm weather, August is going to be another month to make more memories. Restaurant Week is still going on as well as SummerStage, but there is so much more happening in August. Here's a list of 8 things you can do in  New York throughout the month of August.

Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices