How To Talk To Your Teen about Texting and Driving

There are certain ways in which you can talk to your teen that will be more likely to get them to listen.

Sure, you can simply tell your teen not to text and drive. But will he or she listen? In honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, here are a few ways in which you can talk about the subject that will be more likely to get them to heed your warnings.

• Talk about the facts. Tell your teen that because of the way the brain functions, texting while driving is not a safe form of multitasking. Research shows that when texting, a person's attention is diverted from the road for at minimum five seconds.

• Talk about the consequences. Death is one of the possible consequences of distracted driving. In some of the latest estimates available, research shows that more than 3,000 people lost their lives in crashes that involved a distracted driver. In addition, the numbers indicate that nearly one in five crashes that resulted in someone being injured involved a distracted driver. Point out that by texting and driving, your teen is putting not only himself or herself at risk, but also their passengers and others on the road.

• Talk about taking action. Ask your teen to take action by promising to not use his or her cell phone while driving. Have your teen take the National Safety Council's pledge before turning over the keys to the car—and lead by example by taking the pledge yourself.

To learn more about the dangers of distracted driving, visit the National Safety Council website. To learn more about how the brain is affected by distracted driving, talk with your doctor. If you would like help finding one to speak with, visit us online or call our Physician Referral Line at 1-855-665-TMPC (8627).

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