Texting is increasingly becoming the way we communicate. In fact, in the 12 months ending December 2010, more than 2 trillion text messages were sent and received (or 6 billion per day) according to CTIA - The Wireless Association.* Unfortunately, some people may be texting from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.
KSN, KODE, and Fourstateshomepage.com want to inform all wireless users that safety comes first when you're in the driver's seat. To help battle unsafe texting, especially by teens, following are a few key tips:
Tips for Teens:
- Be smart. Don't text and drive. No text message is worth being distracted while you drive.
- Be in control. Remember it's your phone. You decide if and when to send and read texts so take control. Consider turning your phone off, setting it to silent or even storing it in the glove box before hitting the road.
- Be caring. Never send a text message to a friend who is driving to meet you, or to anyone you know is likely behind the wheel.
- Be a BFF. Friends don't let each other text and drive. Take our pledge and encourage your friends to do the same.
Tips for Adults:
- Be a resource. Share information with your teen about the risks of texting while driving.
- Be an example. Don't send the wrong message by texting while you drive. Your teen will follow your example. Take our pledge and encourage your friends (and family) to do the same.
- Be caring. Don't send a text when you know your teen is driving. Wait for them to call or text you once they have arrived safely at their destination.
- Be aware. Know your options. Explore many options offered to including easy ways to manage their teen's cell phone and text messaging activity.
Above all else, our message is simple, yet vital: When it comes to texting and driving, it can wait.
The materials on this page were provided by AT&T.