Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Allstate Foundation Safe Driving

Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens, and the holiday season is a deadly time for teen drivers. This holiday, Allstate wants to help keep you, your friends and your family safe. Since reaching for a phone while driving increases your risk of accidents by nine times, your pledge can help reduce your risk of being unnecessarily injured or killed behind the wheel. Take the pledge not to text and drive. Start telling your friends and spreading the word!

Studies have shown that teens are particularly susceptible to dangerous distractions while driving, especially from the use of their cell phones. As parents, we 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. 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 influences. Therefore, as parents we MUST 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.

We encourage you to visit the Allstate's “X the TXT” website and check out the 30-city tour and download the family pledge. 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.

“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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