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Teens and Texting While Driving

Teens and Texting While Driving

As adults we know or should know the dangers of texting and driving, but how do these habits affect teens…

Learning to drive is one of life’s great milestones for teens and now that cell phones and other electronic technologies have also enhanced our lives, some things are just not supposed to mix. Ice cream and apple pie? Great mix. Texting and driving – Not a good mix.

Teen drivers are four times likelier to crash than older drivers. Overall, younger drivers lack experience on the roads and are less likely than older drivers to recognize risky situations. While lack of experience increases teens crash risk, so does driving with teen passengers while unsupervised. As the number of teen passengers goes up, so does the risk of a crash.

Although more teen drivers are buckling up and not driving drunk than in years past, another danger — Texting — is posing a new threat, and one which is growing worse and worse.  As adults, we know or should know, the dangers of texting and driving, but how do these habits affect teens.

Studies of high school students show that 1 in 3 students said they had texted or emailed while driving and consider it to be “normal” in their day-to-day lives.  Why is this happening?  Do they not understand the dangers to themselves and worse yet, to others?  Apparently not…

Texting or emailing while driving can have deadly consequences that are entirely preventable, however there are huge changes in behaviors which are related to motor vehicle crashes, and all are very alarming. 

Distracted driving can cause a single vehicle accident, or it can involve multiple vehicles and none of these statistics are good.  Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among our youth.  Drivers cannot do two things at once, and when driving, the priority is driving safely and being aware.  Everyone has a personal responsibility to pay attention while behind the wheel – no excuses, ever!

Parents and adults need to have serious conversations with teens and young adults and insure that all who take to the wheel and drive cannot do two things at once.  Anyone who has the privilege of driving and earning their driver’s license, has a personal responsibility to pay attention while behind the wheel – that is the bottom line.

Continue to talk often with your teen about his or her driving habits.  Believe it or not, your teen is listening to you, so do your part to end these bad and deadly habits!  And, if you are an adult and text while driving – STOP IT NOW…

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15 Responses and Counting...

  1. Chris Bailie

    June 08, 2012

    Great share, and very important too, thank you for this.

  2. pattiann

    June 08, 2012

    I totally agree. If I drove, which I do not because I am afraid I am goig to cause a crash, I certainly would only concentrate on that. I think it is crazy to take your eyes off the road for even a second. I fact, when I go out and somebody drives me I have to close my eyes sometimes I get so nervous.

  3. Eiddwen Jones

    June 08, 2012

    Great words

  4. gaby7

    June 08, 2012

    Very true! Cellphones are the leading causes of road traffic accidents to day in my country. Infact the Uganda police arrests drivers everyday for talking or using their phones while driving!

  5. Keny Nic

    June 08, 2012

    Very True! Cellphones are the leading causes of raod accidents today!

  6. Keny Nic

    June 08, 2012

    Very true! Cellphones are the main causes of road accidents today!

  7. Stephanie Green

    June 08, 2012

    I know it…. I will not even have my phone volume on in the car, I don’t want to be tempted. Teens are so attatched to their cell phones that they just do not realize the dangers of txting and driving.

  8. Philippa Mingins

    June 08, 2012

    I totally agree how dangerous this is. It also frustrates me however, how many adults you see swanning around in their cars with their mobile phones clamped to their ears. This is against the law in the UK!

  9. lauralu

    June 08, 2012

    Grat true words and a lot of adults are guilty as well

  10. Melvin Housewright

    June 08, 2012

    This is a message that needs to not only be shared,but enforced,by us all.

  11. pattiann

    June 08, 2012

    I am convinced you have to be a moron to text and drive. My sister calls me a few minutes on the way home from her job, but as soon as a tricky part of the road comes she gets off. When she was in her 20s she would apply makeup and put panyhose on every morning driving =)

  12. pattiann

    June 08, 2012

    I do not have a drivers license but am smart enough to know not to txt and drive. I would be so nervous I would probably go 10 miles per hour.

  13. Kristie Claar

    June 08, 2012

    Completely agree with this article! I love how it takes for major accidents to happen to make it a law not to text and drive though. When I wrecked my Explorer, back in 2000, that was the first thing I was asked because my cell phone was found on the road. My cell phone was in my side door pocket when I hit a patch of black ice and rolled my vehicle. Weather conditions were the cause of my accident, not stupidity.

  14. Tiki33

    June 08, 2012

    Teens need to understand the dangers of distraction driving. They must pay attention to their driving at all times. I’ve seen many adults doing this as well, it’s a big problem that needs to be corrected. Many lives are lost because of texting while driving.

  15. Kharla Jolly

    June 08, 2012

    When my daughter was 36,she was texting while driving 70mph down a major freeway.She lost control,spinning across three lanes of busy highway,totaled her X-husband’s sports car(borrowed),ended up without a scratch on her.No other cars were involved,thank God!Someone surely would have been killed or injured badly.A lessoned learned?Hopefully, she will never forget this experience with a stupid, smart-phone!God Bless, Kharla

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