Hughes Robbins, P.S.
Texting While Driving
Summer is quickly approaching, and with school out that means more and more teens will be out driving. The days between Memorial Day and Labor Day have been dubbed the “100 Deadliest Days” for teens to be on the road. Those that send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash.
This April, AT&T conducted a survey of 1,200 teenagers aged 15-19 years old on their texting while driving habits as part of their “It Can Wait” campaign.
Among the results of the survey, AT&T found that the biggest predictors of a teenager’s texting and driving behavior are whether or not the teen is:
- A Smartphone user
- Sends 100+ text messages a day
- Works full or part-time
- Lives in a large metro area
- Does not have parental rule at home against texting while driving
- Admits their parents are bad role models (parents themselves text while driving)
- Admits texting while driving is very common amount their friends
Keep your teenagers safe by setting rules against texting while driving, both for your teen and yourself.