As much as most of us would like to think that parents talking or texting while driving isn’t that common, recent research says it’s still very much a thing. Researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing found that the stats on tech-time driving use are startling, to say the least.

The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, found that nearly half of parents (participating in the study) used their cell phones to talk while driving with their kiddos in the car. Beyond that, 1 in 3 parents actually read texts and 1 in 7 used social media—again, while driving and with their kids in the car. Um, yikes.

Researchers reviewed driving behaviors of 760 adults who have children between the ages of 4 and 10. When looking at the statistics for the three months prior to conducting the survey, the researchers found that more than 52 percent of parents used hands-free calling while driving and 47 percent held their phone in their hand as they spoke.

What does this research mean? Well it shows the clear risks that too many parents are taking when it comes to distracted driving. So, put down the phone, stop checking your FB feed and just drive. Your child and everyone else on the road will be better off for it.

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—Erica Loop

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