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How Dangerous is Texting and Driving?

Apr 25, 2016.

Despite the fact that texting and driving is dangerous, it is not an uncommon occurrence. A report released by the National Safety Council1 has shown that five percent of accidents involve texting, and 21 percent of car accidents involve using a cell phone.

According to the National Traffic Safety Administration2, the average person takes their eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds to text. Drivers can only safely take their eyes off of the road for two seconds. The National Safety Council3 stated that there were 341,000 accidents in 2013 that involved text messaging.

It can be scary to think about your teen driver texting and driving. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to prevent texting and driving. Here’s our list of tips for preventing this behavior:

Talk To Your Teens
Even though most people are aware of the fact that texting while driving is dangerous, you should not just assume that your child knows the severity of it. Make sure that you have a discussion with your teens about texting and driving before they are allowed to drive. Let your teens know that they will be putting their own lives and others’ lives at risk if they text and drive. Also, let your teens know that there will be consequences if they are caught texting and driving.

Be A Good Role Model
Being a good role is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. A study done by the Students Against Destructive Decisions4 showed that 78 percent of people who texted while driving saw their parents doing the same thing. That is why it is important for you to avoid using your cell phone while you are driving.

Get The RoadPoints App Beacon
The RoadPoints App recently released a companion device that pairs with the app to prevent texting and driving. By placing this small beacon in your teen’s car, it will know when they’re driving versus riding as a passenger. The beacon communicates with the app and prevents the teen driver from unlocking the phone to text while driving and records distracted driving in their report card. Click here to learn more about the RoadPoints app report card.

Want to learn more about the beacon and how it works? Click here.

1 www.nsc.org/NewsDocuments/2014-Press-Release-Archive/3-25-2014-Injury-Facts-release.pdf
2 www.ibtimes.com/texting-drivers-take-eyes-road-5-seconds-average-study-699189
3 www.nsc.org/DistractedDrivingDocuments/Attributable-Risk-Estimate.pdf
4 www.libertymutual.com/auto/car-insurance-for-teens/sadd-partnership