Climbing behind the wheel means freedom and independence for teenagers. I know, I’ve taught 3 teens to drive. Handing the keys to your child is one of the scariest things you can do as a parent. With it comes responsibility that we may take for granted sometimes because we have been driving FOREVER…

Studies by The Allstate Foundation have found that teens are particularly susceptible to dangerous distractions, friends chatting, music, cell phones… highlighting the need for us as parents to sit down early on with our teens to discuss safe driving.

These days, more and more teenagers own up to using their cell phones to text while driving. 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. Knowing this, how can we as Moms not take steps to ensure we set a good example and make safe driving a priority? Especially when recent research by Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute reveals that texting while driving can increase the risk of an accident by 23 times.

Allstate’s “X the TXT: Thumbs Up to the Safest Holiday Ever” campaign challenges teens and parents to pledge not to text and drive. If you have a Facebook account, start today by joining the cause at http://www.causes.com/thumbsup.. you’re pledging to put your cell phone away while you drive…put it down…on the seat or in your bag. 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.

bkgd-bottom.png (PNG Image, 760x150 pixels)_1261768319795Take the Pledge!!  I did!!

As part of the campaign, a 30-city “X the TXT” tour kicks off this holiday season during which teens and their families can add their thumbprints to a pledge banner as a public commitment not to text and drive. Find one in your area!

“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.”

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