Because parents play such an important role in influencing their teens’ decision making while driving, PCI asked parents what driving risks they have discussed with their children. The survey found that most parents had talked with their kids about using seat belts all/most of the time (65%) and texting while driving (56%). However, only about half of parents have discussed speeding (50%), talking on a cell phone while driving (47%) or driving under the influence of alcohol (46%), and even less have touched on subjects such as using social media while driving (42%), driving under the influence of marijuana (32%) or talking with passengers while driving (16%). The online survey of over 1,000
“Parents need to take the time to talk with their kids about the many dangers of driving,” said
The survey found that nearly all parents who currently drive said they set a good example for their children by avoiding driving while distracted (90%) and parents were more likely to say they wear seat belts all or most of the time (77%) than non-parents (71%). But parents were more likely than non-parents to say they engage in activities that cause distractions such as talking on a cell phone while driving (24% vs. 18%, respectively) or eating while driving (27% vs. 17%, respectively).
“Communicating the dangers of distracted driving is particularly important because teenagers are especially vulnerable to these accidents,” said Passmore. “According to the
The survey also found that there is widespread agreement among an overwhelming number of parents that texting (98%), talking on a cell phone (87%), using social media (98%) or driving under the influence of drugs (98%) or alcohol (99%) are dangerous activities for someone to do while driving. “These are some of the primary reasons why traffic accidents, fatalities and injuries are increasing—and why we’re starting to see the byproduct of these trends: rising insurance costs,” said Passmore. “Simple modifications to driver behavior can have a big impact on these alarming accident statistics, make our roads safer and keep costs down for consumers.”
During National Teen Driver Safety Week
REMEMBER THE “5 to Drive”:
1. No Drinking and Driving.
Set a good example by not driving after drinking. Remind your teen that drinking before the age of 21 is illegal, and alcohol and driving should never mix, no matter your age.
2. Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. Everyone—Front Seat and Back.
Lead by example. If you wear your seat belt every time you’re in the car, your teen is more likely to follow suit. Remind your teen that it’s important to buckle up on every trip, every time, no matter what (both in the front and back seats).
3. Eyes on the Road, Hands on the Wheel. All the Time.
Remind your teen about the dangers of texting, dialing, or using mobile apps while driving. Have them make their phone off-limits when they are on the road. But distracted driving isn’t limited to phone use. Other passengers, audio and climate controls in the vehicle, and eating or drinking while driving, are all examples of dangerous distractions for teen drivers.
4. Stop Speeding Before It Stops You.
Speeding is a critical issue for all drivers, especially teens. Do not exceed the speed limit and require your teen to do the same. Explain that every time your speed doubles, your stopping distance quadruples.
5. No More Than One Passenger at Any Time.
With each passenger in the vehicle, your teen’s risk of a fatal crash goes up. Check your State’s GDL law before your teen takes to the road; it may prohibit any passengers in vehicles with teen drivers.
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