The other day my four-year-old turned into a backseat driver. I was sending a text message while driving and my son emphatically told me, “That’s dangerous, Daddy.” From the mouths of babes, right?

He was right, of course. My behavior was dangerous, especially with children in the car. That convinced me to try, and struggle, to keep my phone in my pocket or in the glove compartment during our car rides. The moment made me think about how about our children will be behind the wheel someday – thankfully, mine are years away – and the many things we need to remind them of before they turn the key.

Here are a few of the ways that you can warn your teenager about texting and driving:

1. Give Them the Facts

The stats are enough to make anyone think twice before grabbing a phone while behind the wheel. The U.S. Department of Transportation says that in 2012, more than 3,300 people were killed in distracted driving crashes. According to the Federal Communications Commission, 11% of drivers ages 18 to 20 who were involved in a car crash and survived, admitted that they were sending or receiving texts when the crash occurred.

2. Be the Example

Tell your son or daughter that you promise not to text and drive or make phone calls while driving, either. If you set the example, they will likely follow.

3. Safety First

Your teen has grown up with devices. They are as use to them as they are to cable TV, Wi-Fi, and video games. The bottom line is that your child needs to know that it is simply not safe to use their phone while driving. They are potentially endangering their lives and the lives of everyone around them. Let them know that whatever they have to say to someone, it can wait.

4. Breaking the Law

While there is no national ban on texting and driving, many states in the country have established laws banning texting and driving or talking on the phone and driving. That should help underscore for your teen that texting and driving is dangerous and could lead to an unwanted ticket or citation.

5. It Doesn’t Matter What Their Friends Do

I’m fairly certain that you will hear, “But my friends do it and their parents don’t have a problem.” Explain to your child that it doesn’t matter what their friends do. In fact, tell them that if their friends routinely text and drive or make phone calls and drive, they are not allowed in the car with them any longer.

6. They Are on Your Insurance

You’re likely paying for your child’s car insurance, so they need to honor and obey your wishes. It’s that simple. You may not be able to control their actions when they move out on their own, but while you’re paying the bills, you set the rules. If they can’t comply, then maybe they should make other arrangements for car insurance.

7. Know When to Pull Over

If there is an emergency or a crisis situation, remind your teen to pull into a parking lot or safely pull off the road and make a call or send a text. If a situation arises that is tense or urgent, it’s probably best that they not be driving anyway until they can calm down.

8. Take the Pledge

The U.S. Department of Transportation has created a pledge for drivers to take. It’s called “One Text or Call Could Wreck it All.” Drivers who take the pledge promise not to text or talk on the phone while driving. It also encourages drivers to speak up if their driver is distracted while driving, and to encourage their family and friends not to use their smartphone while driving.