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How can I keep my teen from texting and driving?

Texting while driving is dangerous no matter the age of the driver. Teens and young adults are most likely to partake in this behavior, which can be deadly when coupled with their relative inexperience. That's why parents must emphasize the dangers of texting while driving for teens to ensure they fully understand the risk. In this case, U.S. News & World Report offers the following advice. 

Set a good example 

Do you often text while you're driving? If so, you're setting a bad example for your child. He or she might not see the risk in this behavior when you commonly exhibit it. It's also hypocritical, which can cause some teens to act out of spite. Set a good example by keeping your device stored away and on silent every time you drive. This will give your words more value when you advise your child not to text and drive. 

Make sure your teen understands the legal risks

Texting while driving is not only dangerous, it's also illegal in most places. Getting caught ensures your teen will be privy to expensive fines and penalties, and may even result in a higher insurance premium. Additionally, too many traffic violations and a driver's license can be suspended or even revoked. Make sure your child fully understands these consequences and how they'll impact his or her life. For instance, a suspended license means rides from mom and dad until it's reinstated. 

Use technology

Mobile devices are highly attractive to teens and it can be enticing to use them even if they know it's risky. There are plenty of free apps you can install on a device to prevent notifications and lock the phone while the vehicle is in motion. With the right app, the power will be back in your hands and you can rest assured that your child won't text and drive. 

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