According to the CTIA—The Wireless Association, text messaging has experienced a tenfold increase in the last three years. Many youth (and adults too!) are choosing to text rather than talk on their phones. Additionally, parents and kids alike have access to the world of the web through their mobile devices and constantly check email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. This is all well and good as long as the texting, browsing and checking isn't occurring from behind the wheel of a car. Many states have started to enact laws to limit or outlaw the use of mobile devices while driving, unless the device is connected to an earpiece or other hands-free product.
Browsing the web and texting from behind the wheel is very dangerous and has contributed to car accidents and deaths of adults and children. Wireless users need to remember that safety comes first when you are in the driver's seat. Some great tips from AT&T are below.
Tips for Teens:
Be smart. Don’t text and drive. No text message is worth being distracted while you drive.
Be in control. Remember it’s your phone. You decide if and when to send and read texts so take control. Consider turning your phone off, setting it to silent or even storing it in the glove box before hitting the road.
Be caring. Never send a text message to a friend that is driving to meet you, or to anyone you know is likely behind the wheel.
Be a BFF. Friends don’t let each other text and drive.
Tips for Adults:
Be a resource. Share information with your teen about the risks of texting while driving. There are some great, downloadable resources from AT&T to help you at www.att.com/txtngcanwait.
Be an example. Don’t send the wrong message by texting while you drive. Your teen will follow your example.
Be caring. Don’t send a text when you know your teen is driving. Wait for them to call or text you once they have arrived safely at their destination.
Be aware. Know your options. Check with your mobile provider to see what options they offer parents to manage their teen’s cell phone and text messaging activity.
Above all else, the message is simple, yet vital: When it comes to texting and driving, It Can Wait.
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