Snapchat is all the rage in the world of social media, allowing users to share pictures or short videos which then disappear within seconds. Teenagers and young adults in particular are avid users of the app, embracing it as a fun way to communicate with their friends. Unfortunately, while snapping may seem like a harmless pastime, there are increasing reports of people using Snapchat while driving, resulting in an increase in car accidents and injuries.
Snapchatting and driving is a serious issue that parents need to be concerned about. At Dugan & Associates, we have seen the pain that distracted driving accidents cause families. We’re committed to raising awareness of the causes of distracted driving to help ensure your child’s safety-and the safety of everyone on the road.
Why Is Snapchatting and Driving So Dangerous?
Snapchatting while behind the wheel is a form of distracted driving. As a form of distracted driving, Snapchatting while driving is illegal in the state of Pennsylvania. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is responsible for more than 400,000 car accident injuries and as many as 3,000 fatalities each year.
According to a DMR report, Snapchat has gained over 173 million daily active users since its launch in 2011. Of this number, more than 19 million users admit to using the app when operating a vehicle. Engaging in any activity that takes your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel puts both you and other motorists at risk.
How Parents Can Keep Teens Safe Behind the Wheel
As a parent, what can you do to ensure your teen’s safety behind the wheel? A CNN report on texting and driving among teens advises parents to lead by example by putting their phones away while driving, and to talk honestly with their teen about the dangers of using a cellphone while driving. For example:
Share statistics with your teen related to car accidents and distracted driving.
Highlight how using Snapchat and other apps behind the wheel can be dangerous.
Encourage your teen to put the phone away while driving.
Discuss with your teen how to approach friends about cellphone use while driving.
If you or someone you care about has been injured as the result of a car accident, the team at Dugan & Associates is here for you, and we’re ready to look at your case. Contact us for a consultation.