12 Dec 2014

Parents’ Driving Behaviors are Mirrored by Their Kids

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A study published last year surveyed thousands of Canadian high school and middle school students who overwhelmingly said their parents are or will be the biggest influence on how they drive. It is critically important that parents set the example they wish their children to follow. If teenagers see their parents talk on a cell phone while driving, speeding or not wearing a safety belt, what kind of impression are parents making on them?

Parents should not be afraid to establish expectations for their young drivers, discuss those expectations frequently, and ensure they are being met. Research repeatedly shows that teens that have regular communication with their parents about expected behaviors are less likely to make irresponsible decisions.

Parental influence on teen drivers may help explain a clear disconnect between how teens view themselves as drivers and their actual driving habits. The inability among teens to appreciate how unsafe their common driving behaviors are is alarming, yet not surprising, given the fact that parents and other influencing adults exhibit the same dangerous habits. Ambitious Drivers reminds all parents that we need to be diligent in both telling and showing our children the safest way to drive.

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