According to a new study, speeding and handheld cellphone use are two of the most common unsafe behaviors exhibited by teen drivers. The study, conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), surveyed 2,000 parents of teen drivers and 1,000 teen drivers ages 16-18.
Parents and teens were asked about a variety of topics related to teen driving, including risky behaviors, parental involvement, vehicle safety features and more.
The findings showed that parents are concerned about their teens speeding (78%), but many admit to doing it themselves (64%). handheld cellphone use is also a top concern for parents (72%), yet nearly half of teens (45%) say they’ve done it while driving.
Other risky behaviors that parents and teens cited include driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, not wearing a seatbelt, and driving while tired.
Despite these concerns, the majority of parents (65%) say they don’t talk to their teens about driving safety on a regular basis. This is likely due in part to the fact that many parents feel they are not good role models when it comes to safe driving behavior.
Interestingly, the study found that parents are more likely to trust their teen’s driving when they have certain safety features in their vehicle, such as blind spot detection (73%), lane departure warning (72%) and automatic emergency breaking (70%).
When it comes to keeping teens safe on the road, it’s clear that there is still some work to be done. Parents need to be more involved in their teen’s driving habits and have regular conversations about safe driving behavior. Additionally, teens need to be aware of the dangers of speeding and handheld cellphone use while behind the wheel.
According to the CDC, “teen drivers are often involved in serious and sometimes fatal car accidents.” In order to help decrease the number of accidents, it is important for parents and guardians to talk to their teen drivers about the dangers of speeding and using a handheld cellphone while driving.
Some tips for parents to help their teen drivers stay safe on the road include:
– stressing the importance of obeying the speed limit
– reminding them that speeding is one of the leading causes of car accidents
– reminding them that using a handheld cellphone while driving is also a leading cause of car accidents
– stressing the importance of being alert and paying attention to their surroundings while driving
– reminding them to avoid distracted driving, such as by not using a cellphone while driving
– reminding them to always wear a seatbelt while driving
– reminding them to never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
It is also important for parents to set a good example for their teen drivers by following the tips above themselves. By doing so, parents can help their teen drivers stay safe on the road and avoid serious and potentially fatal car accidents.