How Can I Stop Teens from Texting and Driving?
- April 23, 2013
- Car Accidents
There are many tools you can use to help your teenager stop texting while driving. So, before you throw his phone out the car window, consider installing an app to prevent him from texting while he’s behind the wheel.
Many Text-Blocking Options
If you have talked and talked to your teen, shown him powerful videos depicting the stories of those who have died while texting and driving, yet he’s still texting and driving, it might be time to try something new.
Fortunately, there are many new apps that can be easily downloaded onto your teen driver’s phone that block incoming texts and calls. Incoming calls and texts receive an automated message stating that the recipient is driving and will respond as soon as he or she arrives at his or her destination.
Why is this Response Helpful?
This automated response is important, as many people, teens and adults alike, are concerned that the person trying to reach them might be upset by the lack of response. The programs address this worry and lock out the phone, ensuring that no texts can be sent. Generally, there’s a way to override these programs, but most overrides need to be approved by an administrator or a parent.
Overrides are useful in certain situations, such as when your child is riding on a bus or is a passenger in a car, as many of the apps start working as soon as the vehicle begins to move faster than 10 mph.
Is an app for you? Could it help keep your teen safe? That’s for your family to decide, but one thing is certain—there’s no lack of apps to block texting and talking on the phone while driving.
Our Dallas car accident attorneys have seen the damage a single text can cause. We hope the information in this article will help keep your teenager from making a mistake that could end a life.
Want more information?
Our friends at Verizon have put together a great page discussing the issues of texting and driving and some of the ways they are teaming with others to help reduce the number of distracted drivers on the roads.