Parents Underestimate Teen Texting and Driving

Parents Underestimate Teen Texting and Driving

According to a recent study, only 1 percent of parents believe their teenage drivers are texting and driving even though 26 percent of teens admit to doing so at least once every time they drive.

The study, conducted by Toyota and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, surveyed over 5,500 teenagers 16 to 18 years of age and parents. It also suggests that parents influence their children’s distracted driving habits heavily.

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That’s probably got a lot to do with how 61 percent of parents reported that they use their cellphones while driving, as do 54 percent of teenagers. But even more startling is that 20 percent of teens admitted to multi-message text conversations while behind the wheel.

“Seat belts and good defensive driving skills are critical,” said Tina Sayer, principal engineer at the Collaborative Safety Research Center. “Be the driver you want your teen to be.”

[Source: Detroit News]