According to a National Safety Council survey, 91% of the parents who drive are doing that in a distracted way right in front of their teen children. While 88% of them claim they are their teenagers’ primary driving teachers, their behavior at the driving wheel is not the best.
The research underlines the importance of a role model when driving and the need to make parents aware they have to get away from these habits of being distracted when driving especially if they act as a driving coach for their children. The discovery was released in connection to the Global Youth Traffic Safety Month, taking place every year in May.
President and CEO of the NSC, Deborah A.P. Hersman, said on the topic that “When it comes to teaching our teens to drive. ‘Do as I say, not as I do.’ can be fatal. Parents who make calls or send texts behind the wheel are sending a clear and dangerous message to their children: that distracted driving is acceptable.”
However, the NSC’s study indicates that parents are indeed aware and understand the fatal risks their teenagers face, including the one they’re taking part in – driving with young passengers. Out of the parents surveyed, 57% of them forbid their children from driving with other teens, which has been proved to increase the fatal crash risk by 44%. The survey demonstrates though that there is an actual difference between how parents view their role in terms of driving next to their teenagers and the way they behave, sending a not so positive message for their children.
The National Safety Council encourages all parents to join programs that present information and advice to them as to how to behave correctly when driving with their teenagers inside their cars and not only then.
By Gabriela Florea