Wednesday, September 18, 2019

By now most of us know texting while driving increases chances of an automobile accident. It is also just as important to our teens about recognizing these dangers.

Parents should also lead by example. We can’t expect teens to listen if adults ignore the rules while driving. By turning off or storing the phone before starting the car, it emphasizes the point by setting a good example. There should be no exceptions because one text can cause a serious and potentially fatal car accident. It’s not an age or experience issue, it is a safety and distracted driving issue.

There are apps available to aid parents by keeping teens from texting and driving. These apps can give parents the ability to lock the phone while driving, send notifications of texting activity, give parents control by shutting down the phone, and block texting ability when the vehicle reaches a certain speed.

Teen drivers are at the highest risk for automobile crashes compared to other age groups and distracted driving was the cause of 11 percent of fatal crashes for those between the ages of 15 and 19, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). There are many life lessons parents need to discuss with children. Practicing safe text is one of the most important talks that can be lifesaving.