A survey conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and published on ConsumerReports.org, found that nearly 91% of teens can report observing their parents or guardians talking on a cell phone while driving. Along with that number, 90% of teens self-report themselves talking on a cell phone while driving. And, 59% of teens have observed parents texting while driving, while 78% of teens have admitted to texting while driving themselves.
Many of the more than 1,700 11thand 12thgraders surveyed admit to witnessing other dangerous driving behaviors from their parents, including speeding, driving without a seat belt, and even driving under the influence of alcohol.
In order to help educate the younger generations about the dangers of distracted driving and the inherent risks associated with it, parents, siblings, guardians and other influencers need to set a good example themselves.
Source: “Teens are Learning Distracted Driving Behavior From Parents,” Jeff Barlett, Consumer Reports.
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