Did you know that traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens? And when it comes to distracted driving, teenagers are among the most likely to text and talk behind the wheel.
What is distracted driving? Quite simply, it’s doing anything other than focusing on the road. With teenagers, it’s most often caused by texting or talking on their cell phones while driving. It can also be caused though by changing the radio station or eating that Chick fil A sandwich.
Don’t let your teenager become a statistic. Here are two steps to take to help keep your teenager safe out on the road.
- Formalize —Parents need to be clear in their expectations for their teenage drivers. Talk with your teenager and have them sign it. Keep a copy visible at your house as a reminder of the pledge – maybe the refrigerator.
- Lead by Example –Parents should lead by example. Let your teenagers know that while they’re on the road, no phone call or text is more important than their safety. To further prove that point, parents should defer conversations with their teenagers until they’re safely parked.