No matter how experienced you are as a driver, talking on a cell phone while driving reduces your reaction time similar to that of a 70-year-old. Distracted driving does not just happen – it is a choice.
Texting especially poses threats for teen drivers because they choose to take their eyes off the road and at least one hand off the steering wheel. Texting simultaneously involves manual, visual, and cognitive distraction and is among the worst of all driver distractions.
Unfortunately, electronic devices are as tempting as they are dangerous for novice drivers. In fact, 43 percent of teens admit to texting while driving. Find out your State laws on distracted driving. Then talk to your teenager about the risks of distractions in and outside the vehicle, setting clear expectations about safe driving habits.