While you are excited that your teenager gets to start driving and can be more independent, you are also concerned about his or her ability to be responsible when driving the roads of Montana. Because driving requires focus and prompt decision making, distractions of any kind can create dangerous circumstances. Teaching your teenager about the dangers of distracted driving is imperative to his or her ability to learn about the importance of being vigilant and defensive.
While distractions range from manipulating a GPS device to eating to talking with friends, texting and driving is perhaps the most prevalent and dangerous distraction. If your teenager owns a cellphone, the chances that he or she participates in this type of behavior could be even greater. As a parent, you can have a considerable impact on the decisions that your teen makes by being proactive in educating him or her and encouraging responsible behavior.
According to Safebee.com, begin by setting clear consequences if your teen texts while driving. Examples may be losing their privilege of driving the family vehicle, losing their cell phone or losing time with their friends. When they are aware of the consequences, they may be much less likely to text and drive. Other tactics include creating a pledge for your family, leading by your own example and encouraging your teens to be a leader among their friends. You can also read through state laws as a family and discuss the legal consequences of making the decision to text and drive.
The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.