Inexperienced young teens texting and driving has been a leading cause of deaths for teens. The national safety council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving.
Did you know that according to an AAA poll, 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway. 21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cellphones.
What you can do to help
If you have teen drivers, make explicit rules that clearly state the consequences that will be served if they are caught texting and driving. Explain how dangerous it is and provide them with examples. Lead by example by never texting and driving while you’re with them. Tell others about the devastating statistics associated with texting and driving as well.
Teaching teens how to avoid temptation to text and drive is crucial.
- Put your phone on silent while driving
- When driving use a “Do Not Disturb While Driving app” on your smartphone
- Put your phone somewhere you can’t peek at it like the glove department.
- If you absolutely cannot wait, pull over somewhere safe out of danger “NOT in the emergency lane of the Freeway”