Guidance for Parents Who Want Their Teen Drivers to Stop Texting

Posted on November 2, 2012

A new article discusses a familiar threat:  the danger of texting while driving, especially among teenagers.  Parents might be fed up with this behavior among their teens who have recently begun to take to the roads in an automobile, but thankfully, a series of tips are offered to help parents ensure their kids’ driving behavior is safe.

One basic truth that must be acknowledged:  if your kid sees you texting or talking on a cellphone behind the wheel, then he or she is more likely to engage in the same practice, regardless of what you tell them.  “Do as I say, not as I do” is not a valid strategy when it comes to texting.  Refrain from engaging in the habit yourself and your teen will be less likely to do it as well.

You also need to be willing to set ground rules about your teen’s driving behavior.  Specifically state the things they can and can’t do behind the wheel of a vehicle.  Seeing as they’re teenagers, they’re probably going to disobey you, but when they do, don’t let them drive for a certain amount of time.  If they see you’re willing to follow through on your promise to limit their driving when they break the rules, they’ll hopefully refrain from texting in no time.

There are also a variety of apps out there that monitor or turn off texting abilities once a vehicle hits a certain speed.  Do your research on these technologies and find one that’s a good fit for your family.

Click the link above for more tips.

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