Parental involvement means fewer crashes, better auto insurance rates

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Parents who want to help teenage drivers stay safe on the road and avoid auto insurance increases can help out by following basic safety rules themselves, according to recent reports.

Parents who want to help teenage drivers stay safe on the road and avoid auto insurance increases can help out by following basic safety rules themselves, according to recent reports.

In a recent report by WJLA-TV in Arlington, Virginia, local parents acknowledge that they may be prone to some of the exact driving behaviors they discourage their teenagers from following.
The station also cites recent survey results showing that 75 percent of fathers admit that they do things like speeding or engaging in distracted driving, as well as 63 percent of mothers.

"The overriding message is that, as drivers, we're being watched by our passengers," police officer and driving school owner Tom Pecoraro told the television station.

Taking the time to serve as a good safety example can have important results. Federal government statistics show that 4,842 teens died in road crashes in 2006 and 58 percent of them were not wearing seatbelts at the time.

Distracted driving, such as texting and using cell phones behind the wheel, has also been an increasingly dangerous problem, especially among this age group. One suggestion to improve safe driving among teens was for parents is often to limit the number of passengers they can have in their car for the first six to 12 months of driving.

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Posted: September 30, 2009

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