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Parents can set poor examples for teen drivers on the road

Posted on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 9:19:59 AM

Starting the search for affordable auto financing and a new car can be an exciting time for the whole family, as the purchase could mean an opportunity for teen drivers to gain some experience on the road.

However, parents should be careful about how they educate their children on the risks. According to Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions, parents often take part in the dangerous behaviors they tell their children to avoid. A survey of focus groups and teens found that parents tend to drive without a seatbelt, use their phones or drive after drinking too frequently. 

"While parents may think they're setting a good example for their teens, these findings suggest that some parents engage in unsafe driving habits more often than they might admit," said Dave Melton, driving safety expert with Liberty Mutual Insurance and managing director of global safety.

With that in mind, you should make sure your children know how to drive safely. According to, tell them to keep their phones off, obey the speed limits and reduce distractions. The more they practice, the better off they'll be.

Most importantly, set a good example for your children by cutting out the bad behaviors you don't want them to emulate.