Nov. 17-23 is National Teens Don’t Text and Drive Week, and here’s a press release from the Safe Kids Missoula Coalition:
Top Tips to Keep Kids Safe during National Teens Don’t Text and Drive Week: November 17-23, 2014 from Safe Kids Missoula Coalition led by Community Medical Center Foundation. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S.—these tips can help keep your teen safe behind the wheel!
Safe Kids Missoula recommends the following top driving safety tips.
1. Take action against distraction. Teach kids to put cell phones and other distractions in the back seat or out of sight until their final destination.
2. Think Ahead. Text before you get behind the wheel, plan your routes ahead of time.
3. Remember the risks. Consider the dangers of taking your eyes off the road, even for a few seconds. Avoid reading text messages; it’s as dangerous as sending a text message.
4. Let your actions speak as loud as your words. Set a good example for kids by putting devices down when you’re driving. If parents put devices down, kids are more likely to do the same.
5. Talk to your teens about how to be safe while driving. Have discussions about how to be safe while driving, including avoiding distractions such as texting, reading, reaching for electronic devices, eating, drinking and applying make-up.
6. Educate about local laws. Explain local laws to your teen and help them understand the importance of following these laws.