Are You Contributing to Your Teens’ Bad Driving Habits?

New research shows that many parents are enabling their teenagers’ bad driving habits. A survey conducted by gathered information from 500 parents of teenage drivers and found that a significant percentage permit their children to engage in behaviors that could compromise their safety.

Nearly 30% of the parents surveyed admitted to allowing their teenage drivers to use a cell phone while driving. Considering that texting and driving increases one’s crash risk by 23 times—according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute—this is a shockingly high percentage.

Additionally, one-third of parents said they allow their teens to drive with underage passengers, and another 30% allow them to drive at night. Parents’ influence on their teens’ driving habits should not be underestimated. The survey said that if parents do not enforce safe driving habits, 57% of teens are more likely to speed, 43% are more likely to drive under the influence, and 87% are more likely to break curfew.

“Parents are vital in raising the next generation of safe drivers with good driving habits. Parents need to be diligent in enforcing strict rules for safe driving,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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