Survey: Teens Follow Parents' Bad Habits While Driving

A new survey released this week shows teens pick up many of their bad driving habits from their parents.

The survey asked 1,700 teens about driving decisions they make behind the wheel. Nearly 90 percent said they have seen their parents talking on a cell phone while driving and 88 percent of teens have seen their parents speed.

Nearly 60 percent of teens always had seen their parents texting while behind the wheel. Other behaviors the survey focus on were driving without a seatbelt; driving under the influence of alcohol; and driving under the influence of marijuana.

The survey, conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions, also known as SADD, found that 66 percent of teens believed their parents followed different rules than ones set for them. Nearly one in every five teens saw their parents drive under the influence of alcohol as well.

Liberty Mutual Insurance/SADD 2012 Teen Driving Survey

Parental Driving Behavior

(observed by teens)

Teen Driving Behavior

(self-reported)

Talk on a cell phone while driving

91%

90%

Speed

88%

94%

Text message

59%

78%

Drive without a seatbelt

47%

33%

Drive under the influence of

alcohol

20%

15%

Drive under the influence of marijuana

7%

16%

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