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There are many areas in which a child might follow the example of their parents. This includes in their driving habits. So, it can be crucial for parents to set a good example for their teens when it comes to driving responsibly.

Unfortunately, a recent survey indicates that many parents may be overestimating how good of a role model they are being for their teens regarding safe driving. In the survey, both teens and parents were polled.

Of the surveyed parents, 62 percent indicated that they felt that they were setting a good example for their children when it comes to driving habits. However, 63 percent of the polled parents indicated that they engaged in phone use behind the wheel. So, it appears parents may be underestimating how much they are modeling unsafe driving behaviors for their kids.

Another thing that impacts how good of an example parents are setting for their teens related to safe driving is when they call or text their teens.

When a parent regularly calls or texts their teen while they know their teen is driving, they could be sending the wrong message to their teen. Their teen may take such behavior as their parent saying it's okay to use the phone while driving. The study suggests that parents may be engaging in this particular behavior more often than they think. Only around a quarter (24 percent) of the surveyed parents said they knowingly called or texted their teen when their teen was at the wheel. However, 44 percent of the polled teens reported that their parents have done this kind of thing.

Why do you think parents might be prone to thinking they are being a better example to their teens regarding safe driving than they really are?

When parents end up making false assumptions about how good of a job they are doing at promoting safe driving habits when it comes to their teens, it can have major impacts. It could cause them to miss opportunities for steering their teen towards safer driving conduct. This could have major ramifications for both their teen's safety and that of others out on the roads.

What do you think can help parents with having a realistic idea of how good of an example of safe driving they are being for their teen and what they can do to be a better such example?

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