A recent study has revealed that teens who engage in distracted and dangerous driving may have learned their bad driving habits from their parents.
The study, which was conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions, surveyed the driving behaviors of over 1,700 teens. According to researchers, the distracted and dangerous driving habits reported by teens mirrors the poor driving behaviors of their parents.
The following is a side-by-side comparison of how frequently teens engage and witness their parents engage in the following behaviors:
|Liberty Mutual Insurance/SADD 2012 Teen Driving Survey|
|Parental Driving Behavior
(observed by teens)
|Teen Driving Behavior
(reported by teens)
|Talk on a cell phone while driving||91%||90%|
|Texting while driving||59%||78%|
|Driving without a seat belt||47%||33%|
|Driving under the influence of alcohol||20%||15%|
|Driving under the influence of marijuana||7%||16%|
Researchers say that the results of the study indicate how important it is for parents to demonstrate safe driving practices for their teens who are learning how to drive.