One week each November has been set aside to make teens more aware of the dangers of taking their eyes off the road for even a moment. This year, it starts on November 18th and goes through November 24th. The hazards of texting are a serious threat to today’s youth with this escalating trend beginning to surpass the threats of drunk driving. Research states that “texting and driving slows down a driver’s response time to that of a 70 year old” according to University of Utah survey. So talk to your teens (or others you know) about the dangers of driving and texting. This message also applies to all drivers, of any age!
Texting Tips For Teens
1) How about just turning the phone off before starting the car?
2) Think about the risks you are taking!
3) Have a passenger text for you
4) If you must text while driving, stop the vehicle, then text
5) Avoid reading text messages; it’s as dangerous as sending text messages
6) Get your text or voice message when you reach your destination safely!
7) Is there any message worth losing your life, or taking someone’s life?
Not only is the person who is texting distracted, but may lead them to cause an accident. They are also not able to be a defensive driver which could help them avoid being hit by another driver. Remind them to always pay attention to the road – it could save their life! In addition, here is some good information regarding the subject from the Federal Communications Commission:
Give Clear Instructions – Give teen drivers simple, clear instructions not to use their wireless devices while driving. According to Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, the easiest way to say it is: “On the road, off the phone.” Before new drivers get their licenses, discuss the fact that taking their eyes off the road – even for a few seconds – could cost someone injury or even death.
Lead by Example – Children learn from their parent’s behavior. No one should text and drive. Be an example for your children and if you need to text or talk on the phone, pull over to a safe place.