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Teaching teens about the dangers of texting and driving

When parents are teaching their new teenage driver about the risks of driving, they often focus on factors such as inclement weather, recklessness and distraction. One of the most dangerous behaviors to participate in while driving is texting. Parents who wish to educate their children about this extreme hazard may sometimes be conflicted about the right way to bring it up. However, their proactivity in doing so can be all that it takes to encourage a new generation of safe drivers in Montana. 

According to Consumer Affairs, a study reported that teenage drivers in Montana that had admitted to texting while driving was at an alarming rate of 55 percent. Researching findings also indicate that young drivers who are accompanied by an adult are much less likely to engage in texting while they are driving. Generally speaking, teenagers who are younger are at a higher risk of choosing to text and drive. 

Parents who are cordial, frank and respectful about discussing texting and driving may be able to circumvent any dangerous behavior before it takes place. At the very least, they can make their children aware of the dangers of texting while driving to hopefully encourage them to share what they have learned with their friends. Insuramatch.com suggests that parents encourage their children to put their phone away in a place that is not accessible while driving. Conversations about texting and driving should be open and encourage dialogue. Parents should also set an example of the type of behavior they wish their children to follow by never engaging in texting and driving at the same time.   

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