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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Teens and Distracted Driving
Proms, Memorial Day, Summer-Break..... All of these mean more teen drivers on the roads.
Sure, our teens know they shouldn’t text and drive – and we have preached forever about drinking and driving – but are they listening?
Most teenagers still believe accidents won’t happen to them – they are immune to bad things happening – they actually believe that looking at that that text for a second or worse, responding to one, won’t make a difference.
It’s imperative that parents get the message across to them that not only is buzzed driving considered drunk driving, but only seconds of distraction is dangerous not only for them, but for others with them and those on the road.
The conversation is not one time discussion. It is an ongoing chat – a daily reminder of the importance of being aware and alert of others on the road as well as respecting your passengers safety and yourself.
One of the most important things you can do for your teen is lead by example. You are the greatest influence and role model. If they are watching you text and drive – this leaves a huge gap for them to do the same thing.
When you use the excuse that you are more experienced, it doesn't register with their brains – they are not mature enough to accept that. They believe they are invincible – remember, they believe it can’t happen to them.