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X the TXT: Thumbs Up for the Safest Holiday Ever

What’s the number one cause of death among teenagers?

Car crashes.

According  to a recent study by Virginia Tech, drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision if texting.  

Think about how long it took for you to become a fairly competent driver.  It wasn’t two weeks after you finished driver’s ed…but several years of practice on the roads.

Studies have shown that teens are particularly susceptible to dangerous distractions while driving, especially from the use of their cell phones.

There’s numerous studies on this topic from as early as 1997 to as recently as last month…just google “driving while on the phone” to start reading about the articles and studies.  There was even a story on an ABC station called “Driving while on the phone risks lives” with a strong emphasis on greater risk while texting.

According to The Allstate Foundation, “two thirds of teens admit to texting and instant messaging while behind the wheel! Yet nearly 81% of teens rate parents as their number one driving influencers.”

Discussing safe driving behavior with a teen can help prevent a car crash and potentially death.

I know this is a blog geared toward parents with small children, but many of you have adolescent children, nieces, nephews, or friends and neighbors.

Let’s work together to make this the safest holiday by joining in solidarity behind a cause where we can take a pledge for safe driving by avoiding phone texting.

Let’s set a great example for the teen drivers in our lives.

Allstate’s “X the TXT: Thumbs Up to the Safest Holiday Ever” campaign challenges teens and parents alike to make the pledge not to text and drive. By joining the cause on Facebook, you’re pledging to put your cell phone down behind the wheel.

For each person who takes the pledge, Allstate will donate $1 to the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) – a collaborative network of national organizations and federal agencies that serve youth and focus on youth safety and health – for safe teen driving programs.

So…what are you waiting for?  It’s free to join, and you’re supporting a cause to encourage safe driving in your community.  Win-win!

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

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I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of The Allstate Foundation. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.
*1st photo by indyplanets via Flickr.
**2nd photo by Ford via Flickr.
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