I still remember the look on my daughterâ€™s face the first time she plowed her car into a tree.
She was four years old. The car was a battery-powered Barbie-mobile with a maximum speed of 3.2 mph. As the car moved, very slowly, toward the enormous live oak on our neighborâ€™s lawn, she threw both hands in the air and screamed.
Tree, Barbie-mobile, and daughter all emerged unscathed. But at the time I remember wondering what was going to happen when she was 16 and climbed behind the wheel of a real car.
Teens are four times more likely than adults to get into a crash while texting or talking on the phone, according to the US Department of Transportation. Here are five ways you can ensure your kids keep their eyes and brains on the road so they can arrive home in one piece.
1. Smarter, safer cars
2. Wireless text blockers
3. App solutions
4. Dongle Fever
5. Driving schools