The statistics don’t lie. Everyone knows that young drivers make poor decisions, but did you know that teens are at the greatest risk of texting while driving. The University of Utah released a study that found that texting drivers are six times more likely to crash. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that texting truck drivers are twenty-three times more likely to be in a crash or be in a “near crash” situation. The University of Utah also found that 60 percent of teens text while driving and also receive an average 97 texts per day. The CDC statistics show that on average nine teens a day are killed in a vehicle crash. Paired with the University of Utah’s study the number of texting teens is alarming.
Common-sense suggestions for advising your teens against making deadly decisions:
- Don’t just ban cell phone use in the car, set an example for your teen.
- Monitor your teen’s texting habits – they might not like it, but you pay the bill.
- Carefully limit the number of young passengers with your teen. Teens tend to take more risks in the company of peers.
- Especially during the first year or two, carefully limit the times during which you allow your teen to drive. Most teen crashes occur during nighttime hours and social events increase the frequency of texting.
The decision making part of the brain is not fully developed until after age twenty-one. The most responsible teen can still make a bad decision while behind the wheel of a car and until the technology to prevent this type of decision is in place the best thing to do is to set a good example for your teens. The only hundred present way to prevent your teens from texting and driving is to turn off their texting capabilities.