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Teens model driving behavior after parents

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 9:09:07 PM

Teenagers are not known for their smart driving skills. Teens are too young to have much experience behind the wheel and are often tempted into performing reckless acts such as texting while driving. Could those poor decisions be traced back to the parents?

According to a recent survey from Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), a high percentage of teens reported seeing their parents make poor and risky driving decisions. About 1,700 respondents participated in the research, which found that the distracted driving behavior exhibited from parents often led to the same habits in their children.

"The best teacher for a teen driver is a good parental role model," said Stephen Wallace, senior advisor for policy, research and education at SADD. "Parents and teens should have an active and ongoing dialogue about safe driving behavior and take the conversation one step further by signing a Parent/Teen Contract."

If you wish to facilitate safe driving practices in your children, you may want to consider practicing what you preach. Help your child out beyond co-signing for auto financing - teach him or her to drive safely by operating your motor vehicle without distractions.ADNFCR-16001052-ID-800867486-ADNFCR