Roadside Chat - Santa sees you on our phone. You serious, Clark?

12-15 santa sees youDo you drive differently when someone is watching? 

In Iowa, you can legally use your phone to talk and navigate your travels while driving. But just because it’s legal doesn’t make it safe. If you have kids in the car with you, it’s likely they are paying attention to what you’re doing and will mimic your behaviors when they are driving. What kind of example do you want to set for them?

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in the United States, teenagers drive less than most other age groups, but their numbers of crashes and crash deaths are disproportionately high.

The fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16- to 19-year-olds is nearly three times the rate for drivers ages 20 and over. The risk is highest for drivers who are 16 or 17.

You’re not alone in your efforts to help your kids be safer behind the wheel. There are several resources out there to help you start your teen driver on a safe path. Here are just a few.

Make it onto the nice list this year, put your phone away while you’re behind the wheel.

Here’s a snippet from one of the most fun Christmas movies -

In 2023 in Iowa, 358 people have been killed in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of eight since last Friday. In Iowa in 2022, there were 337 traffic-related deaths. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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