Survey: Teens Observe Parents Driving Badly

Jim Liebelt | Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University | Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Survey: Teens Observe Parents Driving Badly

A new study finds that 82 percent of teens report seeing their parents drive carelessly on the road.

The national survey commissioned by Ford finds that even though nearly all parents (95 percent) say they are good drivers, more than half say their teen or ‘tween (9-12 years old) children have asked them to slow down, stop driving distracted, or practice other safe behaviors behind the wheel.

More than three quarters of ‘tweens and 66 percent of teens say they are heavily influenced by their parents driving behavior; 80 percent see their parents engage in risky driving as they are looking to them as role models.

This gap in parent vs. teen perception allows teens to pick up bad driving habits, because that is what they observe. As parents, it’s important to be aware of how you drive and what potentially bad habits you may be doing while your teens are watching.

Source: Consumer Reports