Teens who engage in distracted and dangerous driving most likely learned their bad driving skills from their parents.
That's the finding of a study released this week by Liberty Mutual Insurance. The study found that the distracted driving behavior reported by teens reflects the poor driving habits of their parents.
In terms of speeding or talking on the phone while driving, the numbers are nearly identical. 90% of teens say they've talked on a cell phone while driving, while 91% say they've observed their parents doing the same. As for speeding while driving, 94% of teens have admitted to the practice, while 88% say they've seen their parents using a lead foot as well.
The study highlights the power that parents have as role models, even when factoring in actions behind the wheel.