Numerous studies have been conducted looking into the hazardous effects that texting can have while driving. All research suggests that this is indeed a very dangerous activity that oftentimes leads to accidents on the road. Some would even consider it as dangerous as drunk driving when it comes to impairing the ability for somebody to drive safely.
Even so, this message has not yet reached teens. Statistically, teens are the most dangerous group of drivers due to their inexperience. However, the risk is also increased by teens propensity to text while driving, more so than any other group of motorists. The government and various other organizations have made the dangers of texting and driving very clear, but yet 43% of teens will still admit to using their mobile phones in order to text while they are behind the wheel. This news is not only troublesome, but surprising when the same studies reveal that over 90% of teen drivers also agree that texting while driving will cause them to have an accident at one point or another and over 75% consider that one such accident will be fatal.
One of the problems is that even though teens seem to understand the very real dangers of texting and driving, they continue to do it.
The focus on texting and driving has increased now more than ever. Popular TV shows aimed at teenagers such as Glee have also used this issue in their story lines, also showcasing the dangers and possible consequences. But a bigger role needs to be played by the parents. Research has showed that teens that talk to their parents regularly about driving are less likely to text behind the wheel. Parents can ensure the safety of their children by taking a more proactive role in their lives. This can be sometimes hard to do as teenagers reach a time in their lives when they want to become more independent and are interested in spending more time with their friends and less with their parents. Even so, parental involvement must continue after their children get their driver’s licenses if they are to become safe and responsible motorists. To ignore this very serious issue is dangerous and could cost your child their life.