If you are a parent of a teen who has a cell phone, you know how often that teen uses the phone to text. If your teen has a driver’s license, texting and driving is a dangerous and potentially fatal combination. That is why Texas implemented the Graduated Driver Licensing laws which prohibits a licensed driver under the age of 18 from using any type of wireless communication device. It’s also against city ordinances in many cities in Texas to use a phone that is not hands-free. Either way, cell phone use is proven to be a distraction while driving and leads to more than half of all severe crashes involving teens nationwide.
The laws are in place, but it doesn’t stop every teen driver from using his or her phone while driving. Parents play an important role in stressing the dangers of texting and driving. There are numerous videos available to share with your teen and help tell the story of the dangers of texting while driving including these three different stories.
Peer to Peer
As a teen, hearing an important message from someone close to your age can make a lasting impression. That is the case in this video where a young woman shares her heartbreaking story with teen drivers.
Don’t get Distracted
While teens may say they don’t text while driving, it’s important to understand that even looking down for a few seconds at a text or social media notification can result in a serious or potentially fatal auto collision.
Liz Marks shares her story of how a distracted driving accident caused by looking down at a text changed her life forever.
A distracted driver can not only change his or her own life, but can seriously injure or kill someone else. That’s the case in this video where a father looks down at his phone and by taking his eyes off of the road, it leads to a devastating accident.
Many of our own team members at ProCare Automotive and Collision are parents of teen drivers. None of us want to receive a devastating call that a child has been in an accident. We also don’t want that for anyone in our community. We hope all of our parents and teens work together to learn and understand the dangers of texting and distracted driving, and put safety first when driving.