Study finds teens repeat parents' driving habits

Study finds teens repeat parents' driving habits

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (ABC 4 News) - When it comes to bad driving habits, for parents of teen drivers the "do as I say not as I do" attitude might be wishful thinking.
COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (ABC 4 News) - When it comes to bad driving habits, for parents of teen drivers the "do as I say not as I do" attitude might be wishful thinking.

A new study from Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD surveyed 1,700 teens across the country and found teens repeat their parents’ poor driving habits in nearly equal amounts.

When it comes to talking on the cell phone while driving, 91 percent of the teens surveyed said their parents do it. 90 percent of the teens admitted to doing it too.

There is also big correlation for texting behind the wheel. 59 percent of teens said their parents do it and 78 percent of those same teens confessed to the same bad behavior.

At a teen driving safety event at Cottonwood Heights high school Wednesday, at least one parent admitted to ABC4 that he doesn't always set the best example.

“There are definitely times when I do text this is a good reminder that it's almost better just to turn the phone off,” said Kenneth Roberts.

His 15 year-old son, Jacob, said he notices and is going to try to get dad to change. “I can tell him not to text and make sure all your attention is on the road and your focus is on driving,” said Jacob Roberts.

Liberty Mutual Insurance encourages parents and teens to sign a Parent/Teen Driving Contract to have a customized agreement on family driving rules. To download a contract, visit www.libertymutual.com/teendriving
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