If you're the parent of a teenage driver, you're probably concerned about the risks of him being involved in a distracted driving accident while using a cell phone at the wheel. However, his chances of being distracted at the wheel may be higher because it is you who calls him too many times.
A recent survey found that teenage drivers are very often distracted by their parents calling them when they are driving. The study was presented recently at a convention of the American Psychological Association. The study found that 53% of teenagers, who reported that they had conversations on their cell phones while driving, were frequently chatting with their parents. About 18% of all 18-year-olds in the study reported that their parents frequently called them while driving.
It's not surprising that parents want to keep tabs on their teen children. In fact, as a parent, you should monitor your child's driving, and should be aware of where your child is at all times. That is what a responsible parent does. However, you should avoid talking to your child on the cell phone when he's driving. Parents want to call their child often to find out where he is, and very often, those calls are answered by a child who is at the wheel. According to the teenagers in the study, they can't refuse to answer their parents calls, because it makes parents angry.
If you're the parent of a teenage child, get him to sign up for a voicemail alert, that can inform you as a parent that he cannot be disturbed if you call him while he is at the wheel. Have this understanding with your child, so that he does not feel the pressure to take your call while driving. That solves the problem, and reduces the risk that your child will be involved in a distracted driving accident because he's talking to you.