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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Majority of Parents Text While Driving - with Kids In the Car

A national survey by Driving-tests.org* revealed that over 60 percent of parents text while driving – with kids in the car.  This is a scary statistic for two reasons: First, the danger of driving while distracted is an immediate threat to the passengers and other cars on the road; Second, 82 percent of teens surveyed said they learn how to drive by watching their parents.  

 

Although it may not seem like teens are paying attention to anything parents are saying or doing, it’s very important for parents to set a good example for their teens and tweens while driving.   Sixty percent of teens said they paid attention to how their parents drive while in the car.   Almost one fourth of teens surveyed said they learned everything from how their parents drive and a mere 1.4 percent responded that they learned a small amount from watching their parents behind the wheel.

 

The survey shows that teens are keeping track of what you do.  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.

 

We hope this data is enlightening and empowering for parents.  While it may seem hard to talk to your teen about safe driving habits without turning into an unwanted lecture, know that they are paying attention to what you do.  Setting a good example while driving will ultimately help keep your teen safer when it’s his or her turn behind the wheel.   

 

If you have been injured by a distracted driver and need help with your claim, please contact Andrew Gebhardt today for a free consultation at agebhardt@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.

 

*Driving-Test.org's online survey of 2,000 teens learning to drive was conducted in September 2015. 

 

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