THUMBS UP TO SAFE HOLIDAYS

FROM CHRISTA: I wanted to participate in this tour because I live with hundreds of teens, five days a week, from 7:30-2:41. No, I don’t own a kid ranch. I teach high school. And if you’ve been with teens who are not supposed to have cell phones during school hours, well, you’ve discovered that’s like the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military.

These kids don’t need to look at their cell phones to text. The problem is, they still need to look at them to read the incoming messages. That’s when they’re most apt to “out” themselves because they’re anxious for the response. Generally it’s something entirely crucial, like, “I’m bringing salsa to the party,” or “OMG this class is boring,” or “?????”

It’s one thing to get nabbed in school and have an InSchool Suspension for cell phone use. That’s survivable. But texting while driving? If over two-thirds of our kids are texting while they’re driving, it’s not just hitting the buttons that’s problematic. It’s reading the texts. And most of them have just earned their drivers licenses.

A few years ago, a student died in a one car accident after his car hit a tree. He was attempting to retrieve his cell phone from the floor of his car.

No message is that important.

It’s true–ALLSTATE is truly working to make sure you’re in good hands with its THUMBS UP TO THE SAFEST HOLIDAY EVER! cause.

Studies have shown that teens are particularly susceptible to dangerous distractions while driving, especially from the use of their cell phones. But parents have a tremendous ability to influence the driving habits of their teens, making it all the more important to sit down early on with them to discuss safe driving behavior.

Climbing behind the wheel means freedom and independence for teenagers. Kids everywhere wait impatiently for the day they hit that special age and their parents finally hand them the keys to the family car. But studies by The Allstate Foundation have found that teens are particularly susceptible to dangerous distractions, 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 alike to make the pledge not to text and drive. By joining the cause at www.causes.com/thumbsup, 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.

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.


“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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