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Texting while driving kills more teens than drunk driving.

But they see nearly 50% of drivers do it.

Give your teen four beers before he heads out to the car and keep his phone. He’s 6X's more likely NOT to crash the car. But texting while driving carries none of the stigma of driving while intoxicated. 77% of teens think they can drive safely while texting. And 15% of them have seen their own parents do it too!


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  • Distracted driving is the No. 1 killer of teens.
  • 25% of all car accidents are caused by distracted driving.
  • Texting and driving kills 11 teens every day.
  • Teens who text and drive spend 10% of their driving time outside their lane.
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Focus on Distracted Driving.

Different things distract different people but distracted driving is dangerous for everyone.

And texting while driving is most dangerous of all. Learn the scary truth about texting and driving and share the facts with our infographic.

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They are watching you.

Kids are passengers before they become drivers. What do they see?

When they see you texting behind the wheel, they learn that it’s okay to text while driving. Set a good example and keep your hands off your phone. Don’t let “But Mom and Dad do it!” be their excuse. Actions speak louder than words. Be the change you want to see in your family’s driving habits.

10 Things You Can Do Today To Protect Your Teen

What should you say? How should you say it? 10 great tips to get you started.

  1. Talk to your kids in a casual setting: while taking a walk or while washing up after supper. Keeping it casual puts kids at ease which helps them to both listen and respond.

  2. Talk to your kids’ friends and parents. Make them your allies in the fight against texting and driving.

  3. Install an app to track your kids’ cell phone usage—you’re not spying on them—you’re keeping them safe! Scroll down to preview some apps we've found useful.

  4. Set rules and enforce them by drawing up a contract. Google abounds with sample contracts. Some parents prefer their contracts long and detailed while others prefer short and to the point. The contract should feel right to you and your child. Go over the contract together then have all parties sign. Check out these contracts: Contract 1, Contract 2, Contract 3, Contract 4, Contract 5.

  5. Revisit the discussion on texting and driving from time to time. Don’t consider it an item you can cross off your to-do list. Kids need to be reminded. They need reinforcement.

  6. Bone up on state laws regarding texting and driving and discuss these with your children.

  7. Order a cloaking system to prevent your child’s cell phone signal from being maliciously intercepted to prevent having her location tracked by a stalker.

  8. Explain the concept of “distracted driving” to your child, giving examples of different everyday habits that can represent dangerous distractions if done while driving, such as taking a sip of coffee, or yes, texting while driving.

  9. Insist your child be responsible for any damages caused to your car as a result of carelessness. Consider adding to your contract a clause about damages and penalties.

  10. Tell your child never to be a passenger in a car where someone, either driver or passengers, are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Let your child know she can always call you to pick her up wherever she is, no matter what time it is, no questions asked: her safety is your uppermost concern.

Keep Your Teens Safe While Driving With These 6 Great Apps

Education can only go so far towards keeping your teens safe behind the wheel. These apps help with monitoring and controlling your teens phones while they are on the road.

DriveSafe.ly

Rating: 3.9 Stars
Description: Reads texts and emails out loud when enabled.
Review: The free version actually has much better reviews than the paid version. Stick with the free version.
Pricing: Free Version. Pro version for a single user is $13.95 annually or $3.99 monthly. Pro version family pack is $34.95 annually or $9.99 monthly.
Website
: http://www.drivesafe.ly/
App Store  Available for IOS
Google Play  Available on Google Play

Safely Go

Rating: 4.5 Stars
Description: Automatically text responds that you are driving except to three "VIP" contacts. Only lets you access 3 driving apps like navigation or music.
Review: Possibly the best rated app there is fort driving safety. Has a great easy access widget to turn on the app when driving.
Pricing: Free
Website
: http://www.safely.com/
Google Play  Available on Google Play

DriveScribe

Rating: 3.2 Stars
Description: DriveScribe transforms your mobile phone into a personal safe driving coach. Sends auto text replies and tracks your driving habits. Rewards you or your kids for driving safetly. Also can alert parents to how their kids are driving.
Pricing: 4 Plans ranging from free to $10 a month.
Website
: http://drivescribe.com/
App Store  Available on Itunes
Google Play  Available on Google Play

Canary

Rating: 3.6 Stars
Description: Robust app that alerts parents to many different things, including excedding the speed limit, using phone while driving and driving in areas parents have set as off limits.
Pricing: Free 7 day trial $9.99 to upgrade during free trial, $14.99 after free trial.
Website
: http://thecanaryproject.com/
App Store  Available on Itunes
Google Play  Available on Google Play

Text Star

Rating: 3.8 Stars
Description: Text-STAR helps you avoid distracted driving as your digital personal assistant while scoring you on the use of your phone while in motion.
Pricing: Free
Website
: http://www.text-star.com/
Google Play  Available on Google Play

Safe Driving Text Machine

Rating: 4.2 Stars
Description: Detects driving and responds to texts with a custom message.
Pricing: Free
Google Play  Available on Google Play

 

We ran a survey so we could better understand all this.

The results were shocking. Read the full survey here.

  1. 46% of teens admit to texting while driving.
    Even so, 55% of people said they've never talked about the dangers of texting and driving in their household.
  2. Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for teens and distracted driving often caused by texting is the leading cause of those accidents.
    However, only 33% of people are aware of that fact, & 55% say they've never even discussed it in their house.

  3. Even though close to 98% of people believe that texting and driving is dangerous,
    still 42% admit to reading texts occasionally while driving.

  4. A whopping 19% of people know someone who's been involved in an accident because of texting & driving.

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