The thought of having a first time driver on the road can make many parents cringe. However, with all the safety advice parents are giving young drivers, they may actually be unknowingly contributing to teens’ risky driving behaviors by not practicing what they preach.
In the attempt to help reduce teen driver vehicle crashes, the number one killer of U.S. teens, State Farm conducted a national survey to learn more about how parents approach their driver's education roles. The findings are important because State Farm Claims data from the past five years show that October averages the highest number of teen auto insurance claims.
According to State Farm, the nation’s largest auto insurer, an increase in the number of 16- and 17-year-old driver claims involving injury or collision can be expected to jump nearly 20 percent in October as compared to other months.
- 65 percent of parents talk on cell phones at least sometimes while driving; however 94 percent restrict their teens from doing the same
- 68 percent of parents drive when they are in a hurry
- 65 percent of parents sometimes drive when they are tired
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