Sex, drugs and…

When you think about the dangers that your teenagers face what are the top three that first come to mind?

Most parents listed things like sexual activity, drug use, alcohol, peer pressure and similar dangers. Fewer than 1 in 4 parents (24%) listed car crashes as a major item of concern.

The fact is however that parents seriously underestimate the risk of car crashes in teenagers who have gotten their driver’s license in the past year.

Worse is the fact that most parents believe that their teenagers will “do as I say, not as I do”. In other words parents who talk on the cell phone or text while driving do so with their teenager in the car even though they tell their teen not to.

While the council recommends that parents spend 50+ hours most spend a whole lot less than that. While the council recommends not allowing new teen drivers to have others in the vehicle, most parents either allow or encourage them to do so.

Find out more about the Parents of Teen Drivers Public Opinion Poll published by the National Safety Council.

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