Survey: Parents Just as Distracted Behind the Wheel as Teens

By Trevor Dorchies | September 19, 2012
The expression "do as I say, not as I do" is a parenting loophole that's been used for eons. Unfortunately, that saying may apply to driving habits, as a recent survey has uncovered that an astounding number of parents are just as bad behind the wheel as their teenage children. According to a study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions, more than 1,700 teens who were surveyed reported that their parents displayed poor habits when driving. In particular, 91 percent talk on a cell phone regularly, 88 percent enjoy going above the speed limit, 59 percent text, nearly 47 percent don't wear a seatbelt, 20 percent are under the influence of alcohol and another seven percent are under the influence of marijuana. These results set the framework for teenage drivers and out of the more than 1,700 teens polled, the results almost mirrored that of their parents. Teens are right behind their parents when it comes to talking on the phone while driving (90 percent) and percent report that they speed. Almost half of all teens surveyed (47 percent, to be exact) reveal that they speed on a regular basis. Almost 80 percent of all teens report that they still text and drive, 16 percent has driven under the influence of marijuana while 15 percent have been behind the wheel and drunk. While a reported 47 percent of parents don't wear a seatbelt while driving, 33 percent of all teens surveyed don't wear one either. This latest survey comes as a surprise after Liberty Mutual and SADD's last poll found that parents are a teenager's main influence when driving. Of the more than 1,700 people polled, 66 percent revealed that parents live by a different set of rules instead of the ones they impose on their kids. Do you set a good example for your teen? If you are a teen, do your parents influence the way you drive? Tell us about it in the comment section below. Source: Liberty Mutual