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 |  Oct 20 2011, 6:45 PM

Parents, if you want to set a good example for your teens while you’re teaching them how to drive, put down your cell phone. A new study out says that parents are prone to check their phones while teaching driving skills.

This study, which was conducted by State Farm, surveyed 517 teens and their parents to find out how teens learn to drive. The study found that 61 percent of teens say their parents have been distracted by their phone at least once while teaching them to drive. It goes on to say that 29 percent of teens say their parents have been distracted sometimes, often, or all the time while giving the driving lesson.

When talking to the parents, 53 percent of them admit to being distracted at least once while teaching their teens how to drive. And disagreeing with what their teens said,only 17 percent of parents say that they are distracted sometimes, often, or all the time.

When it’s the parent’s turn to drive, 54 percent of teens say they have seen parents talk while driving either sometimes, often, or all the time, while 43 percent of parents admit to doing it with their teens present.

Other interesting numbers to come out of this study include that 24 percent of parents and 30 percent of teens say they aren’t spending enough time learning how to drive. Teens need about 100 hours of driving practice before taking the car out on their own, and parents need to practice what they preach – which means paying complete attention to what their teen driver is doing behind the wheel.

[Source: Consumer Reports]

 |  Jun 06 2011, 11:26 AM

What really grinds your gears when you’re out on the road? Motor Trend has asked that question to frustrated drivers and came up with an annoying list of pet peeves that drives us to distraction.

Coming up with the top five irritations for drivers, the number one is being stuck behind slow drivers, taking the top spot with more then 40 percent of us clenching our steering wheels in rage. And we don’t just sit there and take it – the Motor Trend poll found almost 90 percent do something about it. Out of that 90 percent, 13 percent say it moves them to varying degrees of frustration and anger.

Here are the top five list of aggravating driving habits:

1. Being stuck behind slow drivers – 43.5 percent

2. Inattentive drivers texting and talking on cell phones – 23.2 percent

3. Drivers that do not use turn signals – 16.1 percent

4. Aggressive drivers cutting through traffic – 10 percent

5. Drivers who refuse to turn right on red – 7.2 percent

“What we have here is a glimpse of the frustrations experienced by drivers who take driving seriously,” said Motor Trend editor-in-chief Angus MacKenzie. “It’s clear many drivers are thinking about almost anything other than driving when they are behind the wheel, to the irritation of others on the road. Poor situational awareness and a lack of concentration are probably the real cause of the majority of road crashes today.”

Did any of your top annoyances make the list? What ticks you off most about other dirivers? Let us know in the comments section below.