A story posted on National Public Radio's website, npr.org, cites a study in the journal Pediatrics which finds that teens who text while driving are more likely to behave in other dangerous ways, such as driving without wearing a seatbelt, drinking and driving, or riding in a car driven by another teenager who has been drinking.
The CDC study of 8,505 students across the country found that 45 percent of students admitted to texting while driving during the past 30 days.
So what can parents to do help teens stay safe?
- Talk to your teenager about safe driving habits.
- Create a set of driving rules for your teen. The CDC provides a parent-teen driving agreement to help with this.
- Practice what your preach. Set a good example for your children by not texting while driving yourself. A good example from a parent is the best lesson.
More information about can be found on the CDC's Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers website.