Teens Pick Up On Parents' Distracted Driving

September 25, 2012 7:00 AM

Teens Pick Up On Parents' Distracted Driving

" A new study on distracted driving shows that parents need to focus more on paying attention to their driving, because their teenage passengers are watching closely. Not only that, but the teens surveyed said they were picking up on their parent’s bad habits behind the wheel.

The study, conducted by Liberty Mutual and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), found an alarming percentage of teens said their parents made poor and risky decisions while driving.

Two-thirds of the teen drivers surveyed (66 percent) said that their parents live by different rules than they expect from their sons and daughters. It is this kind of “Do as I say, not as I do” attitude that is likely contributing to an undermining of the parent-child driving relationship, according to Stephen Wallace, senior advisor for policy, research and education at SADD.

“The best teacher for a teen driver is a good parental role model,” said Wallace "

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