Safety while driving is important to parents of teenagers, yet an increase in bad driving behavior is coming from the parents themselves. According to a national survey by the National Safety Council (NSC), 91% of parents who drive distracted, do so in front of their teens. A major culprit in bad driving behavior is the use of cell phones while driving, namely texting.
“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,” stated Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council.
The month of May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month, and with summer fast approaching, it is important to make sure parents teach their children the right behavior when driving. According to the Council’s survey’s findings, parents are certainly aware and understand some of the greatest fatal crash risks that their teens may face. However those parents are still exhibiting unacceptable distracted driving habits.
Teens who drive with other teens, increase fatal crash risks by at least 44%. Because of this, 57% of parents prevent their teens from doing this. Unfortunately the positive safety messages that parents send to their teens are often overshadowed by their own lack of proper driving behavior. There is an obvious gap between how parents view their role as a good driving coach and the example they are setting.
The National Safety Council encourages parents of new teen drivers to utilize the useful coaching resources found at: DriveitHOME.org, to help them become more effective driving role models. They will find valuable tips and driving lessons on the website, as well as the New Driver Deal, which parents and teens can use to help them establish positive household driving rules.
The Steer Your Teen in the Right Direction presentation, developed by The National Safety Council and the General Motors Foundation also is available for anyone wanting to further discuss teen driver safety with their child.
The Teen Safe Driving Coalition allows parents to get involved and advocate for change at the grassroots level. Coalitions have been established by the National Safety Council and The Allstate Foundation in the following states: California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.
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