Teen Drivers Learning Bad Habits From Parents
Teenagers face a lot of dangers when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. With their brains still developing and lack of driving experience, they are at a higher risk of being involved in a fatal car accident than adult drivers. Because of the risks, it is important for teens to get a good driving education and understand the importance of driving safely and responsibly. However, according to a new study, teen drivers are learning dangerous driving habits from their own parents.
With distracted driving accounting for one in every four car accidents, it is crucial that all drivers avoid distractions while driving. No distraction has become more popular than the cell phone, which is causing an astonishing number of accidents. A study from Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and Liberty Mutual surveyed 2,500 teen drivers and 1,000 parents, finding 55% of parents used some kind of application on their cell phone while driving and 62% talk on their cell phone while driving. The study also found that teens know the dangers of using a cell phone while driving. Thirty-three percent of teens have asked their parents to not use a cell phone while driving.
Unfortunately, even when they are not behind the wheel, parents can still teach their teenage drivers bad driving habits. The study also found that 50% of parents admitted calling their teenager when they knew he or she was driving at the time of the call.
Set A Good Example
There is no excuse for using a cell phone while driving or engaging in any other distracted driving behavior. To make the roads safer for everyone, parents have to set a good example for their teen drivers. This means all drivers should put down their phones and focus on the task of driving.
Houston Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys
If a distracted driver injured you or someone you love, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Contact the experienced Houston distracted driving accident attorneys at Blizzard Law PLLC today for a free consultation to discuss your case.