What is one of the biggest concerns for parents when it comes to teens and driving? Cell phone usage. According to the National Safety Council, over 1.2 million crashes in 2013 involved drivers talking on the phone. With over 340,000 of them involving texting.
So the question stands, how can you prevent your teen from being one of these statistics?
You can start by implementing “The 3 rules of safe cell phone usage, while driving.”
1. Complete any call or text before starting the car.
2. Get directions ahead of time, know your intended path of travel.
3. Set the “Do Not Disturb While Driving’ setting on on your teens phone to automatically turn on when the car is in motion. This will prevent any incoming calls and texts from sounding or flashing an alert.
And lastly, talk to your teen about the dangers of using their cell phone while driving. If they need to use their phone in the case of an emergency, make sure they know to pull over to a SAFE location and place the car in park before using their phone.