If you are the parent of a teenager, you are well aware of the amount of time that teens spend sending text messages to each other. In fact, the Pew Research Center reports that on any given day, the average teenager will send and receive approximately 100 text messages.
Unfortunately, this does not stop when teens get behind the wheel of a car. A recent survey released by the Centers for Disease Control indicates that 58 percent of high school seniors read and send text messages, as well as emails, while driving. Additionally, nearly 43 percent of high school juniors admit to texting while driving.
The Dangers of Texting While Driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are three main categories for distractions that occur when motorists are behind the wheel - visual distractions, manual distractions and cognitive distractions. What makes texting while driving particularly dangerous is that it involves all three types of distractions: In ord