I’ve read a lot of things that indicate female teenagers tend to text and talk on their cell phones at the wheel and are more prone to crashing. How can I keep my teenage daughter safe?
A: According to a study by AAA, it is true that teenage girls tend to use electronic devices behind the wheel of their vehicles more than teenage boys do. This study and other statistics have caused many parents just like you to be fearful for their children’s safety while driving.
As a Sarasota personal injury law firm, we have seen too many auto accidents in Florida caused from inattentive drivers. For this reason, we advise parents to have ongoing talks with their teenage drivers to warn them of the dangers of distracted driving. However, sometimes parents want or need other options to make sure their teens are driving safely and free from distractions at the wheel.
Some safety options include:
- Check with your cell phone provider to see if they offer a text and call disabling program. This program can sense when the car is moving and will deactivate the phone.
- Check to see if there are Smartphone applications that work with your teen’s phone that will disable calls and texts and alert parents if the app is shut down. iGuardianTeen, available for Android phones, is one such app that sends a report to parents after each driving session.
There are some other helpful articles about distracted driving and texting and driving that are located on our website, which may be able to help you think about what you’ll tell your teen driver.
If your teen driver or someone else you love was injured or killed by a distracted driver, you and your family may have rights to a financial recovery. Learn more by calling The Mallard Law Firm to speak with a skilled attorney in a free, no-obligation consultation at (888) 409-3805 today.