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Distracted driving study: Parents setting bad example for kids


Being a parent isn’t easy. At any given time, most moms and dads can be juggling play dates and grocery lists, and just trying to keep everyone safe and happy.

However, this tendency to multi-task could actually be putting children in danger in some situations. For instance, did you know that about 50 percent of parents use their phones while driving with their children?

How bad is the problem?

According to a recent study, the problem of parents driving while distracted is considerable. About 33 percent have read a text while driving with their kids; 25 percent have sent a text; over 14 percent have used social media. These numbers are likely even higher, considering the results stem from self-reports from drivers.

Distracted driving for any driver is risky and avoidable. Not only does it take people’s eyes off the road, it can also mean they aren’t paying attention and they don’t have their hands on the wheel. Under such circumstances, it can be quite easy for a driver to lose control of a vehicle or crash into someone or something they didn’t see.

Setting a bad example

Whether parents realize it or not, they are setting an example for their children when they drive. If they are inattentive, taking risks or trying to do several things at once, children sitting behind them can think that such behaviors are fine. This can lead to a new population of distracted drivers. 

No easy solutions

Over the years, phone and car companies as well as advocacy groups have devoted massive resources to educating drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. Law enforcement agencies and lawmakers are targeting cellphone use while trying as well. In fact, recently, it became illegal in Georgia to use handheld phones while driving.

Despite these efforts, people across the state continue to text, record video, search the Internet and real emails while driving.

Every driver should refrain from using a phone while driving. Not only can it lead to serious car accidents and traffic tickets, it could also be sending a dangerous message to the next generation of drivers.