April 03, 2018
Educate Your Teen Driver: Texting and Driving
Texting and driving is never a good idea because it frequently leads to a car accident. If you have a teen driver at home, then it’s a good idea to remain vigilant regarding the dangers of texting and driving. Doing so may not only prevent a car accident but also save the life of the teen driver.
Distracted Driving and the Teen Driver
A teen driver doesn’t have the same amount of experience behind the wheel that an adult does. That makes them more susceptible to a car accident even when they are alert. Unfortunately, young drivers additionally are likely to get distracted, sometimes by their friends, eating or whatever’s on the radio, but sometimes because of texting and driving.
Following the Law Could Prevent a Car Accident
It’s important to emphasize to your teen driver that there are laws against texting and driving in many states. This includes typing, sending or reading text messages. Being caught committing this infraction can lead to an expensive ticket, and repeat offenders may even have their driving privileges suspended. Of course, more serious consequences may ensue if the teen driver causes a car accident while texting and driving.
How Many Car Accidents Are Caused by Distracted Driving?
Estimates suggest that as many as 60% of car accidents that are at least moderately serious can be traced back to a distracted driver. Of course, not all of these accidents are caused by young drivers. Many are the fault of adults with years of experience behind the wheel.
How You Can Help Your Teen Driver
Have a talk with your young driver about the dangers of texting and driving. Make it a house rule that cell phones are put away in a spot that is inaccessible to the driver any time the car is in motion. Additionally, consider looking into Bluetooth technology that would allow your child to make and receive calls while driving in case of emergency. Above all, model appropriate behavior by not texting while driving yourself. This will send your children a strong message about the dangers of distracted driving.