New Study: Teens Learn Risky Driving Behaviors From Parents

by Carmen Dellutri on October 12, 2012

Fort Myers personal injury lawyerIf you are the parent to a teen driver, you should be on your best behavior when you are behind the wheel. A new survey suggests that teens often learn risky driving behaviors from their parents.

The survey of 1,700 11th and 12th graders was conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). Overall, 90 percent of the teens surveyed reported observing their parents talking on a cell phone while driving, while 88 percent said they saw them speed.

Even more alarming, most of the teens were guilty of the same bad driving behaviors. For example, 90 percent self-reported that they talk on a cell phone while driving, and 94 percent reported that they speed.

"The best teacher for a teen driver is a good parental role model," says Stephen Wallace, senior advisor for policy, research and education at SADD.

The new research reminds us all that we should set a good example for younger drivers. This means obeying speed limits, refraining from cell phone use behind the wheel, and avoiding aggressive driving in traffic and other stressful driving situations.

Source: Consumer Reports

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