Setting the Right Example Behind the Wheel
Your kids may not want to admit it, but your actions as a parent has an influence on what your kids learn and how they behave. This holds true for how parents act while driving. A study from SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and Liberty Mutual reported many teenagers believe that parents follow a different set of rules behind the wheel than they set for their children.
Also, 90 percent of teens said that their parents speed and talk on their cell phone while driving.
Kids are constantly observing their parents, it’s human nature. Observing unsafe driving habits can send the wrong message to their children, making them believe that sort of behavior is acceptable.
Parents need to set a good example behind the wheel and have ongoing dialogue with their children about obeying the rules of the road. Speaking on the cell phone, speeding, text messaging, not wearing the seat belt, driving after consuming alcohol are not only dangerous, but are clearly setting the wrong example. Parents; It’s best to lead by example and act the way you want your kids to act.