Parents Play a Role in Teen Driving Habits

by Kelly Choate on October 17, 2011 at 11:11 am

A new study shows that practice is the key to safety for teen drivers.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, teens have the highest crash rate of any group in the country.  AAA Public Relations Manager Kimberly Schwind said the first month of driving is the most dangerous.

"Inattention is really a big factor, and that can be anything from texting to talking on the cell phone, looking in the glove box, singing, talking to your passengers – basically anything that is going to take your eyes off the road and mind off the task of driving," said Schwind.

The three most common mistakes are failure to reduce speed, inattention and failure to yield.  Schwind said there are ways that parents can improve their teens’ habits behind the wheel.

"You really want to set limitations – limit the amount of passengers in a vehicle, the amount of night driving and anything else that your teenager doesn’t have experience doing to make sure that they’re safe on the roads," said Schwind.

In-vehicle cameras were used to monitor teens when they were learning to drive with their parents, followed by the first six months of licensed driving.  For more information about this study or to see the full report, you can visit