Distracted driving has become an epidemic in the Unites States. With dependency on smartphones increasing daily, the number of teens killed or injured in distracted driving car accidents has risen each year. A recent survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said that 94 percent of teens recognize the dangers of texting while driving, yet 35 percent admitted to doing so.
What Can Parents Do to Protect Their Teenage Driver?
It is important for parents to discuss this topic with their teenage drivers. Teens who understand the consequences of texting and driving and the danger it presents to themselves and to others are less likely to do it. Modeling responsible driving is also important. If children see their parents using their phone behind the wheel, they are less likely to take them seriously when it is time to discuss how dangerous it really is.