Texting while driving is a very dangerous behaviour, and most adults readily accept this and denounce the practice. Despite how much is written and preached about this, and the legal consequences that apply, many (teen) drivers continue the practice. We know that the few seconds the eye is taken off the road to text a friend can be deadly. Research studies are only now revealing that the distraction caused by drivers using mobile phones is a significant cause of fatal crashes in drivers under the age of 20.
Mobile phones are part of the landscape with the majority of teenagers owning one. As you know, mobile phones have evolved and the smart phone which is ostensibly a recreation and entertainment device, a personal organizer and social connection device, now rules!
It is important as parents, that we inform our teenagers of the risks created by texting behind the wheel and set some ground rules. In fact, it is my view that we have to be a lot tougher, and not just educate, but be prepared to apply consequences for not doing the right thing. It would be a dreadful consequence for a parent of not addressing this matter in a forthright way that their young teenager may suffer a horrible outcome.
Establishing ground rules for your teenager when they learn to drive is vital, not just limited to, but including rules around: how many people they can have in their car while driving, the importance of wearing seatbelts, keeping their car well maintained and serviced, and not driving while distracted (including texting).
Of course it is incumbent on all parents to be a good role model, most teens learn their lessons from observing adults.
Even if your teens have agreed to not text while driving, there is a good chance that some of their friends won't be as responsible. Teach your teens that it's okay for them to tell their friends that they don't feel comfortable being driven by them if they are going to text.
Teaching your teens these lessons now may keep them from getting into accidents, and may just save their lives.