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Parents Setting Poor Example for Teen Drivers

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, and while parents often instruct teens not to text and drive, they admit to texting and driving at about the same rates as teenage drivers.
August 9, 2018, 10am PDT | Casey Brazeal | @northandclark
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Teen drivers are likely to have the same bad driving habits as their parents. "A new national study found that 37 percent of parents of teen drivers use apps while driving, which is almost at the same rate of teens at 38 percent. The study by Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance also found that parents admit to speeding, driving while tired and even taking selfies behind the wheel at similar or higher rates than teenagers," Mary Wisniewski reports for the Chicago Tribune.

Another issue reported in the study was that parents texted while teens were driving and expected their teens to respond.

Distracted driving increases danger for drivers and pedestrians in the United States. Road deaths are up, especially for teens. "Crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, killing eight teenagers daily," Wisniewski reports.

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Published on Friday, August 3, 2018 in Chicago Tribune
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