Distracted Driving Puts Arkansas Teens at Risk

The current generation is easily the most electronically-connected ever. It seems like every teenager has a cell phone these days. Once used only for emergencies, cell phones have become a social lifeline for teens—one they won’t easily let go of, even while driving. Unfortunately, that infatuation with their phones could cost them their lives.

Every year, distracted driving kills thousands of people in the U.S. and leaves many more seriously injured. According to Distraction.gov, more than 400,000 people were injured and more than 3,000 were killed in car accidents where distracted driving was a factor. Of course, distracted driving isn’t limited to cell phone use alone, but the vast majority are, which is why you should speak with your teenager about the dangers before they get behind the wheel.

Here are 3 tips for when you do have the conversation:

  1. Give them the facts. Distraction.gov is a great resource for parents seeking facts about distracted driving. Do your research and share the facts with your teenager. For instance, five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road when texting, which is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field blindfolded.
  2. Make it law. Telling your teenager not to text and drive isn’t the same as making it a requirement to keep their driving privileges. Make it simple for them. If they text and drive, they lose their car.
  3. Set a good example. Practice what you preach. If you forbid your teens to text and drive, you shouldn’t either…ever.

If you’re a parent of a teenager, Rainwater, Holt & Sexton encourages you to have a conversation about distracted driving with your teenager. It could save their life.

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