Parents of teen drivers in Georgia should mandate that their children learn the dangers of texting and driving and encourage them to sign a “No Texting Pledge,’ says Alphareeta Accident Lawyer David Van Sant.
Texting while driving requires a lot of attention. It requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, making it is by far the most dangerous distraction to drivers. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the entire length of a football field with your eyes closed. That’s a very scary thought.
Share this information with your teens. Commit to not texting while you drive, and make sure they know it’s against your rules. When your children are away from home, don’t try to reach them by text if you know there is a chance they are in the car. Try not to call them when they are driving either, and don’t talk on your cell phone when your kids are riding with you. This is a rule you can begin to share with even the youngest of kids.
Kids who grow up knowing that driving is serious business and not a time for chatting on the phone, eating fast food, or reading maps will grow up to mimic safe driving habits later.
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