Thursday, August 9, 2012

Texting & Driving Kills

Dangers of Texting and Driving
Are you a Missouri parent who is worried about your teenage driver on the road? There are some things in life that you cannot control, such as how your teenager drives when you aren’t looking. But there are a lot of things you can do to keep your teenager as safe as possible.

Two of the most important things you can do is to educate your child about the dangers of texting and driving and to purchase a dependable car for her to drive.

Here are a few critical reminders about texting and driving that you can talk about with your teen driver before you hand over the keys. It is really important for parents and children to have this discussion as many teenagers may not realize the dangers until it is too late. If you have an older child or family friend that you trust, you also can ask this person to share these driving and texting warnings with your teenage driver:

A Text Can Change Your Life

A silly text can change your life in about two seconds. That's right. It only takes two seconds to look down at a text and then veer into oncoming traffic. There is a reason that many states have outlawed talking on cell phones while driving. This is distracting for the driver who needs to be focusing his full attention on the road. The same is true of texting. When you try to text while driving, you are not focusing your entire attention on the road, and that can lead to serious consequences such as your death or the death of other drivers on the road.

Imagine the Possibilities

Sometimes it helps to imagine the possible negative outcomes of texting and driving because that makes the dangers seem more real. Ask your child to think about what it would be like to have to go to the funeral of someone she killed because she was texting instead of watching the road? It is a terrible thought, but it hits home the message.

Set Up a System

Make a deal with your teen driver. Your child can have a cell phone as long as he does not turn it on while he is driving. Every time the teen driver goes out, but the cell phone in the trunk or watch him lock it up in the glove compartment. Turn off the cell phone to avoid being distracted by ringing or vibrating. Once he is at his destination, he can unlock the phone and turn it on. This is a good practice to start at first because over time, your teen driver will get used to not using the phone while driving. He will develop a habit for life.

Remember that you can do your part as a parent to keep your teen driver as safe as possible by investing in a dependable car. Then, make sure you educated your teen driver on the dangers of driving and texting before you hand over the keys. Your teenager’s life is too important to leave to the dangers of the road and technology, so do your part by spending time with your teenage driver and setting some ground rules for driving. Say “no” to texting and driving and set out consequences for your teen driver should he have a momentary lapse in judgment. No teenager should die at the hands of a text message.

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Guest post by Wendy C