Teen Texting is an Arising Issue

Statistics on teen texting are now indicating a shift in gender equality. Young female drivers are now just as dangerous behind the wheel as males are. The reason for this? Cell phones and its most preferred way of being used……texting.

Text messages are usually written short and to the point. It typically involves the use of abbreviations and internet slang codes which results in rapid back and forth responses. No matter the time or place, one can always be in continuous contact with friends; even while operating a vehicle.

Young females love communicating with their friends. They now embrace communication even more because of the fact that technology has made it possible for them to communicate through mobility. Operating a vehicle requires the use of hands and eyes. Texting also requires use of hands and eyes to send and receive messages.  This has become major issue.  Teens attention to driving has been given over more to texting.  This has resulted in many incidents of both minor and serious teen accidents.

There are a few studies revealed by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). In one specific study, it was determined that nearly half of teen drivers admitted to texting while driving. To help control this issue, SADD suggests that parents enforce the unexceptional use of cell phones while driving. Teens should also be fully aware of the significant punishment and consequence if the rules are not obeyed.

Another study that was performed by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, surveyed roughly 1,700 teen drivers. It determined how teen driving behavior was poorly affected by their parents. The survey revealed that a significant number of teens drive similarly to the way their parents drive, and that is by using cell phones, texting, under the influence of alcohol or marijuana, not wearing a seatbelt and speeding. That is a major problem. In order to minimize teen texting and driving situations, parents should be modeling appropriate desired behavior.

If you are a driver with teen drivers (or future drivers); the best way to get them to drive with fewer distractions is to model that behavior. Use the rule “Do As I Do” and not the old rule “Do As I Say, Not As I Do!”  Texting is an incredible distraction and can become a nightmare when paired with driving….make sure you do your best to minimize this serious problem.

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January 15th, 2013 by VRP Insurance Agency