5 Ways to Keep Teens From Texting and Driving

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Face it: Your teenager is already grappling with limited self-control and the attention span of a gnat. These traits are annoying at the dinner table. But they can be downright dangerous when your teen is driving.

Getting into a car is dangerous enough for your teenager – the leading cause of fatalities for 13- to 19-year-olds in the U.S. is car crashes. Add a cell phone, and your teen driver becomes 23 times more likely to have a car accident. That's because these distractions are a triple threat, occupying your teen's eyes, hands, and thoughts while they drive.

"Texting and driving is dangerous for anyone," says Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of the U.S. News Best Car Rankings. “It’s particularly risky for teens, whose inexperience makes it more difficult for them to navigate everyday driving situations, let alone the kind of near misses and collisions that texting and driving can cause.”

Fortunately, a number of different options are available to discourage or even completely prohibit your teen from texting and driving. Read on to see some of the different tips and tools available to put your teen's texting on hold when they are driving.

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