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2012-07-24 16.01.04

Think those reminders to teens about not texting and driving are working?

Well, probably not.

Asia’s largest automaker (Toyota) and the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute found in a new study that teens are 26 times more likely to send texts while driving than their parents expect.

A whopping 69 percent of teens regularly drive with their peers and no adults. About 54 percent said they use a handheld mobile phone while driving.

All this tends to point to more unsafe behavior behind the wheel.

On the flip side of this story though is the anecdote about a teen who drove his Mustang off a cliff and survived, thanks to his iPhone. He wasn’t talking or texting but after the accident occurred, his father was able to locate him by tracking down his phone through AT&T.

The car was totaled and he had to have brain surgery but apparently he will be all right.

Check out the Automotive News story on the teen texting report on here and see the Mustang and the surviving teen story from Jalopnik here.

The numbers don’t lie.

Scary stats from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash data show that the Fourth of July is the deadliest day for teenaged drivers. The report also shows that it’s a time for all other holiday drivers to be especially wary as well.

For parents, Independence Day driving is no joke — with their teen sons and daughters involved in four times more car crashes than any other other age group.

The IIHS numbers indicate that more than 800 in the U.S. have been killed in car accidents on the Fourth of July between 2006-2010 — and if the upward trend continues, there will be 140 more killed this year.

Texting and cell phone use among teens is the leading cause of distracted driving crashes, so parents should make sure to warn teens about cell phone use when driving, talk to them about the dangers of drinking and other distractions — and, heck, if all else fails install teen tracking tech on their car to track their location and speeding habits.

And heck, remind them to wear a seat belt too. Don’t be afraid of teenaged eye-rolling, sighs and harumphs that mom or dad is “not cool.” This holiday driving season, it’s too important to communicate and keep your family safe and secure.

This holiday season, please stay smart and take steps to educate your family.

Happy birthday, America, have fun.

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