The dangers of distracted driving are well documented. While distracted driving has been around a long time, the cellphone has created a serious situation that must be managed.
Distraction from cellphones is a particular problem for teens. Almost every young adult is texting while driving. The average text takes 4-seconds to read, and sending requires both your brain, vision, and hand to become engaged. It’s a disaster waiting to happen. And, while they don’t appreciate the danger, the accident risk from texting while driving is 5 times greater than from drunk driving.
As an attorney and a father, every day I am personally involved in fighting for those who are injured as a result of the negligence of others. Injuries involving teens, distracted while driving, can be severe, life-changing, and fatal. It’s heart-breaking!
I’d like to mention a few tips that every parent can take to better protect their teen from the dangers and distractions of using a cellphone while driving.
Explain the Consequences. Texting, probably more than anything else, takes the driver’s eyes, hands, and attention off the road. If you’re driving at 70 miles per hour, in the 5-seconds your eyes are off the road, your car has traveled the length of a football field. The risk is frightening.
Establish Expectations. Parents must set expectations for their teen. If they text while driving, take the keys away. They are not allowed to drive without you in the car. Parents set the rules!
Prepare in Advance. Teach your teen to set-up their GPS route and navigation before hitting the gas. The better organized they are, the less they take their eyes off the road and hands on the steering wheel.
Observe Them. Watch your teen when they’re driving and you’re in the car. Sure, new drivers may be nervous and make some mistakes, but it’ll establish a ‘standard’ of performance and expectation. Poor habits and bad choices can be addressed early.
It’s Illegal. Be sure they understand that even reading text messages while you’re at a stoplight is illegal. They’re distracted from the conditions surrounding them. A responsible driver is tuned-in to their environment.
Turn it Off. If your teen can’t resist the urge to read, answer, or sent text messages while driving, have them turn their phone off or put out of reach in the glove compartment, counsel, back-seat, or trunk.
Real-time Monitoring. Parents with lingering doubts about your teen’s ability to keep away from the phone while behind the wheel should consider one of the many software program applications for monitoring their use. Some apps allow the phone to lock when the device is in motion. Others allow parents to see the phone’s activity.
Set a Good Example. Don’t text while driving. Don’t answer cellphone calls while driving. While teens may not pick-up your good habits, they’re sure to pick-up the bad ones. Don’t text or call while driving. It’s dangerous and risks an accident or worse.
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