Parents in Georgia, did you know that texting while driving actually surpasses drinking and driving as the leading cause in teenage car accidents? According to PRWEB, this is the case as of last year. It's also good to note these risks now that it's back-to-school season, as there will likely be more teens on the road during the weekdays before and after school hours.
Teenagers can be a handful, and they may be stubborn especially when it comes to their texting habits, to which many have a barnacle-like attachment. However, as parents, their ultimate safety should be your number one concern. Keeping that in mind, here are 3 tips on how you can stop -- or at least regulate -- your teen when it comes to texting and driving:
- Pulling over, if need be. Taking your eyes off the road for even seconds can lead to dangerous situations, from a minor scuffle to even a fatality. The risk is just not worth it when a text response could easily be sent five or 10 minutes later. However, if your child just has to check their phone or reply to something, make sure that you've instilled in them a policy of always pulling over to a safe place (e.g. a sidewalk, a parking lot, or a gas station) to do so.
- Restricted cell phone usage. If your child is still a minor, it may be a good practice to restrict their cell phone usage to non-school hours. While this may seem a little strict, it could help prevent a texting-while-driving accident as well as avoid violating any school policies. More and more schools these days are implementing "no cell phone" policies at school, and your child's school could be among them.
- Texting and driving apps. No, not apps that promote texting and driving, but certain apps that can help prevent texting while driving. Many apps can now detect when a driver and her smartphone are traveling at more more than 10 or 25 miles per hour, depending on the app. When this upper speed limit is detected, all other potentially distracting apps on one's phone are then shut off. The app, usually free depending on your service provider, also temporarily stops incoming calls and text messages.
Also, make sure that you are aware of Georgia's distracted driving laws. Remember, it's always better to be safe than sorry.
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