More Teens Texting and DrivingPosted on: May 15, 2013Categories: LiveWell 24/7
If your teen is a texting addict and a driver, you need to know about a scary study from the Centers for Disease Control.
CDC researchers found that nearly half of all teens who responded to a national survey admitted that they texted while driving. The texters were also more likely to drink and drive.
Older teens were more likely to text and drive than younger teens, the researchers said; 33 percent of 16-year-olds and 58 percent of 18-year-olds said they texted while driving.
The results are published in the journal Pediatrics.
Other researchers have reported that teens who text and drive are also much more likely to engage in risky behaviors like binge drinking, smoking pot and having unsafe sex.
The best way to make sure your teen grows into a safe driver is to be one yourself. Even in adolescence, kids learn more by watching what you do rather than merely listening what you say. So put that phone down until you’re parked.