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Parents' Driving Behavior Affects Teens

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Teaching your teen to wear a seatbelt is not enough to promote their safety on the road. State Farm Insurance Co., recently conducted a survey looking at the role of parents in teen driving safety. According to the survey, 65 percent of parents talk on cell phones while driving, and 65 percent of parents are in a hurry when they drive. Even though the majority of parents talk on the cell phone while driving, most of them tell their teens not to do so. It’s a classic case of "Do as I say, not as I do," which has been shown not to be effective. Parents must exhibit the driving behavior that they want their teens to learn. A similar study was done by State Farm and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2007. That study found that teens often drive while using cell phones, while fatigued and with multiple passengers. All of those factors can affect a driver’s judgment and focus.

To learn more about driving safety, go to the InjuryBoard automobile accident page. If you or someone you know has been in a car accident or want to make sure that you have appropriate insurance, contact the lawyers at Sheller, P.C. We have a long history of successful car accident representation.