Texting while driving is a major issue across the United States. Unfortunately, just about every person with a license has texted while driving at least once, if only in an “emergency”. When it comes to today’s teenagers, however, texting and driving are almost synonymous with each other.
“Texting and driving is dangerous for anyone,” said Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of the U.S. News and World Report Best Car Rankings. “It’s particularly risky for teens, whose inexperience makes it more difficult for them to navigate everyday driving situations, let alone the kind of near misses and collisions that texting and driving can cause.”
Inexperienced drivers are already at more of a risk of injury and fatalities than other drivers. Couple that with texting and other distractions and there are some major problems across the U.S. roadways. Drivers are 23 times more likely to crash if they are texting behind the wheel.
As a parent, it’s your responsibility to keep your children as safe as possible, and not just while they are inside the house. You need to do everything you can to teach them the importance of roadway safety and keep them off their phones when they are driving. Ultimately, your kids will look to you and your driving habits to see how they should behave behind the wheel.
Here are some excellent parenting tips that will help your kids put their phones away while driving.
- Don’t ever text and drive yourself — Even taking a quick glance at your phone can send bad signals to your kids if they are in the car. Make sure you leave your phone inside your pocket or glove compartment at all times and tell your children that you’re doing so.
- Invest in headsets — The only safe form of phone use behind the wheel occurs with a Bluetooth-enabled device. Buy every driver in your family hands-free headsets to keep their eyes on the road.
- Talk to your auto accident attorney — If you work with a car accident lawyer following an accident, then bring your kids with you. While they might find the appointment boring, taking them to your auto accident attorney’s office will underscore the gravity of safe driving. Any auto accident attorney will tell you that texting while driving causes 11 teenage deaths a day in the United States. Additionally, they will give your kids a real-life glance at what their future will be if they continue to text and drive, whether it’s constant legal fees, battling serious injuries, or worse.
- When teaching them how to drive, put on “Do Not Disturb” mode — When you are teaching your kids how to drive, make sure you start with rule number one: putting their phone on “Airplane” mode.
Whenever your children start driving, make sure they are aware of the seriousness involved every time they get behind the wheel. If you want to find a knowledgeable auto accident attorney or personal injury attorney who is experienced in all kinds of auto and personal injury laws, give Hayhurst Law a call right away.