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Kids can teach you a lot about new advancements in technology, but you’ll always have the fundamentals of life to teach them. And what can be more fundamental than teaching your child the bases of safety…especially on the road? Long Island roads can be extremely dangerous.

State laws are set in place to protect drivers and pedestrians, and they change often. Laws against texting while driving are getting more and more strict – and for good reason. Did you know that texting and driving is 6 times more likely to cause a car accident than being intoxicated behind the wheel?

Parents need to recognize all factors that can cause distracted driving so they can inform their kids on how to always be safe and attentive on the road. And one distraction, as helpful and innocent as it may seem, is the use of cellphone navigation.

The State of New York’s stance against driving while using a phone does in fact state that using your phone for navigation while driving is considered Distracted Driving while in-hand.

When new drivers are both learning how to drive and to navigate in a certain area, they’re likely anxious. If they’re driving slow because they’re lost, it’s likely that a local driver behind them may become aggravated and honk at them, adding to that anxiety. When you’re anxious, you’re more likely to make a bad decision. Bad decisions on the road can easily lead to catastrophe.

We urge you to recognize cellphone navigation as a potential cause for distracted driving, especially when in-hand. Here are some ways to instill good driving/navigational habits in your child:

Your child depends on you to help them learn good driving habits. Set a stellar example.