Giving Your Kids the Text Talk

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May 12, 2014

Seemingly from the don of mankind, parents and their teenage children have butted heads over this and that, often ending in arguments and aggravation. Because of this, communicating with your teenage children can often be a difficult, if not exasperating, affair, but as every good parent knows there are some discussion topics that are too important to be ignored.

Teaching your driving-aged children the importance of safety behind the wheel is one such topic that is far too important to be procrastinated or snubbed as every year thousands of new and inexperienced teenaged drivers and passengers to teenage drivers are killed in car accidents across America. Being the number one killer among teens year after year, auto accidents in this demographic can be curbed with the aid of informed parents who give their kids “the text talk”

Texting while driving falls under the category of distracted driving, a term used to describe and catalog the car wrecks that can be attributed to drivers not paying attention to the road.  Distracted driving, with texting being the primary source of distraction, account for more than nine people per day, many of whom are inexperienced teenaged drivers, who are killed in traffic accidents in the United States.

The startling figures and high numbers of teens killed every day due to texting while driving are reaching catastrophic levels, and the best way to prevent more accidents from occurring due to distracted driving is by sitting down with your teenage driver and explaining the dangers of texting while driving.  Then you can offer suggestions on how to avoid texting while driving.  A few ways include:

  • Turning off the cell phone as soon as you enter the car
  • Installing one of the many available services that block the texting feature in a smart phone when the GPS in the phone senses it is traveling at speeds above normal walking or running levels.
  • Resolving not to text while driving

While it will take the patience and courage of a parent to have the long (and repeated) conversations with their driving-aged children about how to avoid texting while driving, the rewards of lowered fatalities on the roadways of America will speak for themselves. 

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