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Parents practice "Do as I say, not as I do" with driving, teens say


Ever been passed by a teenager speeding down the highway, or been cut off on the road and said to yourself, "I wonder where that kid learned to drive?"

Most likely, that teen will tell you they picked up on their parents' driving habits.

A new study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions says teens admit to several bad habits behind the wheel, but say their parents practice a "Do as I say, not as I do" attitude when it comes to driving.

Laurie Wilson's youngest son just received his license in May. Wilson admits to talking on the phone while driving or catching herself driving over the speed limit, but says she tries her best to set a good example for her son when he's in the car with her.

"When we're driving, if the phone rings or if I get a text message or something, when they're with me I'm just more apt to say hey will you get that for me or talk to whomever it is and tell them I'm driving or they can kind of relay the information to me," Wilson said. "It's really important that they know I'm not just telling them what to do, but I'm also doing what I'm telling them as well."

But according to the study, a majority of parents practice the, 'do as I say, not as I do' rules and that's frustrating for drivers education instructors like Kristina Klingele.

"'Oh, that's not the way my parents do it,' or, "My and dad says you just kind of roll and go,' or, 'Oh we're supposed to stop before the white line? Why do we have to do that?' Well, it's a state law," Klingele said.

(See part of the study on overconfidence when it comes to teens and texting and driving)

Quincy High School driving instructors say there are three main bad driving habits that students have:

  • Not stopping before a white line at a stop sign or a stop light.
  • Not making complete stops before stop signs.
  • And hitting the brakes too late when stopping the car.

One teen driver who spoke to WGEM says her mom is very serious about her not texting and driving, threatening to take away her car and cell phone if she is caught doing it.

Driving instructors say students will even point out other drivers who are texting or talking on the phone while driving, because they know how unsafe distracted driving is.

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