Teach your kids about the dangerous practice

When it comes to texting and driving, parents need to practice what they preach, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Parents are the primary influence on what type of drivers their children become, and it's important that they make their opinions on texting while driving clear, the agency says.

Parents should communicate that distracted driving is a dangerous practice that killed more than 3,000 people in 2011.

To help emphasize your commitment to safety, join your teen drivers in signing a pledge against texting. The NHTSA pledge is available here.

-Melissa Kossler Dutton