Survey: Teens Observe Parents Driving Badly
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2011 May 03
A new study finds that 82 percent of teens report seeing their parents drive carelessly on the road.
The national survey commissioned by Ford finds that even though nearly all parents (95 percent) say they are good drivers, more than half say their teen or ‘tween (9-12 years old) children have asked them to slow down, stop driving distracted, or practice other safe behaviors behind the wheel.
More than three quarters of ‘tweens and 66 percent of teens say they are heavily influenced by their parents driving behavior; 80 percent see their parents engage in risky driving as they are looking to them as role models.
This gap in parent vs. teen perception allows teens to pick up bad driving habits, because that is what they observe. As parents, it’s important to be aware of how you drive and what potentially bad habits you may be doing while your teens are watching.