Teen Driving : Are you a Bad Influence?

Have you ever questioned why your auto insurance bill increased considerably after adding your teen driver to your policy? Well, the response is pretty simple, teens tend to drive in a more aggressive or irresponsible than the typical driver. But, before you start lecturing your teen for texting or calling while they’re driving, keep in mind your own driving behaviors.
An significant characteristic of teen driving that’s often ignored is parental driving practices and how significant parents’ behaviors are on teen driving. Young drivers are inexperienced and therefore frequently copycat the driving habits of those who surround them. By crafting a safe driving atmosphere and performing safer driving habits, you can reduce your teen’s exposure to risky behavior.
It’s hard to change a teenager’s driving habits if you don’t follow the advice you give them. As cliché as it sounds, you have to practice what you preach. It’s something that sounds so easy, yet it’s surprising how many parents do not follow their own rules. According to a study done by Liberty Mutual and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) in 2012, 91% of parents were witnessed by their teenagers talking on their phone while driving.
Even though teens are accountable for the actions they take, parents also play a big role in their child’s decisions. In addition, you can see that not only were parents observed talking on the phone by their teens; they were also witnessed texting, speeding, and driving under the influence. These statistics were almost identical to the self-reported teen statistics, representing a very strong parental influence in teen driving behaviors.
The next time you’re in the car with you teen, ask yourself, am I driving the way I want them to drive? If not, correct your conduct and you may see a huge difference not only in your teenager’s driving habits – but also your own driving habits.
Here are a few tips for parents with teenage drivers:
• Be positive rather than telling them what not to do
• Reassure safe practices without upsetting or distressing them
• Rejoice their positive instincts rather than dwelling on their mistakes
• Notify them about the penalties and hazards of reckless driving habits

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