More than 60 percent of teens said in an online survey that their parents text while driving with kids in the car. That’s a frighteningly high percentage, but what’s even scarier is 82 percent of the teens said they learn how to drive by watching their parents, according to a Driving-Tests.org online survey.
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Of the 62.9 percent of teens who’ve witnessed their parents texting in the car, 32.9 percent said their parents text many times a day, 7.9 percent said it’s once a day and 4.2 percent responded their parents text once a week. Nearly 18 percent said their parents text while driving occasionally.
Parents of teens and tweens may be surprised to find that their kids are paying attention to them (as the mom of a tween, I can relate). It’s important for moms, dads, caregivers and grandparents to set a good example especially when driving, not only for their children’s safety but their own too.
More than 3,100 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That same year, approximately 424,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers.
In Driving-Test.org’s online survey of 2,000 teens learning to drive, which was conducted in September 2015, 59.1 percent of teens said they paid attention to how their parents drive while in the car. Nearly 23 percent of teens surveyed said they learned everything from how their parents drive and 1.4 percent responded that they learned a small amount from watching their parents behind the wheel. The percentage of teens surveyed who said they didn’t learn anything from watching their parents drive: 16.6 percent.
Parents: Put down the cellphone when driving and talk to your teens about the importance of staying focused on the road. That text, call or social media post can wait — for everyone.