Prevent Your Texas Teen from Driving Distracted

Texas has banned all cellphone use for novice drivers, which includes both handheld and hands-free devices. At Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, we know that you want your teenage driver to be safe on the roads. There are several steps you can take to reduce the odds that he or she will drive distracted.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drivers who are inexperienced and younger than 20 have the highest proportion of fatal accidents that have been linked to distracted driving. To combat this, there have been countless campaigns targeting the behavior. The U.S. government launched Distraction.gov, which gives parents and teens the tools to avoid unsafe practices.

One such tool is to have your child sign a pledge that promises to never talk or text while driving. It also encourages the teen to say something if he or she is in a vehicle where the driver is engaging in the behavior.

Experts also recommend doing the following:

  • Set a good example by never using a phone while driving.
  • Designate a place in the vehicle for electronic distractions, such as the glove box.
  • Teach teens to pull over and stop the vehicle if using the phone is necessary.

It is also important to communicate the real danger of distracted driving to your teenager. Share the statistics and the stories of the tragedies that can occur. Having the conversation is an important part of keeping your young driver safe.

For more information on this topic, please visit our page on distracted driving.

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