Teenage drivers + cell phones = distracted driving.

Parents + cell phones = distracting driving.  Or does it?

Schools are opening around the country and many teens look forward to driving themselves to class.  Many more are excited to have their friends ride with them.

As a parent we understand we have years of experience under our belt when it comes to driving, so maybe we believe we can “get away” with chatting on our cell or sneaking a quick text message.

What we are not realizing is that our teen is watching.  Studies have shown that our children are influenced by their parents, yes as strange as that may seem – our kids do listen to us.  More importantly, they are watching our actions.

Itcanwait3It is up to us to lead by example.  Put that cell phone away – that split second can literally cost a limb or a life.  Remember, #ItCanWait – and take the pledge never to text and drive.

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Verizon are launching a new documentary, “From One Second to the Next,” highlighting the aftermath of texting and driving. Directed by acclaimed film maker, Werner Herzog, the documentary focuses on the stories of four individuals who have been involved or caused a texting and driving accident.

Take the time to watch this with your kids and especially your teenagers.  Post the link on their Facebook walls and have their friends watch it.