This week, groups all over the country have marked Teen Driver Safety Week, distinguished by efforts to encourage better driving habits and distraction-free driving among teens.

One common theme in this year’s Teen Driving Safety Week has been the role that parents play. Not only do parents often control the cars that teens drive, but they can establish and encourage positive driving behaviors by setting rules and setting examples. Kids are watching you when you’re in the car. And if they see you in a conference call while you’re on the freeway, they’ll take notice.

The response to Teen Driver Safety Week illustrates the continuing concern for driving safety. While drunk driving remains a grave threat, distracted driving is now gaining awareness as another dangerous, reprehensible practice on our roads. We encourage all drivers, regardless of age, to take care when they drive and to make smart decisions before and while driving.