Posted: 4:06 pm Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Are you setting a bad example for your kids? 

By Gracie Bonds Staples

If this survey is any indication, parents are setting a bad example for their kids while behind the wheel and their teens are taking note.

According to a survey released today from Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions, teens are not the only culprits when it comes to making risky driving decisions. Parents engage in the same dangerous driving behaviors – including driving without a seat belt, texting, and driving after consuming alcohol – that they warn their children against. What’s worse is nearly half (41 percent) of teens say their parents continue these unsafe habits behind the wheel even after their teens ask them to stop.

I’m curious. You guilty or not guilty?

10 comments
LegolasMirkwood
LegolasMirkwood

Guilty.  Driving without good tread, weak brakes, bulbs out somewhere, driving over the posted speed limit, rolling stop at stop signs, driving with one hand on the wheel, not looking at the road (fussing distraction in the car), changing radio stations, phone ringing, following too close, driving drowsy... That's just off the top of my head.  Let those without sin cast the first stone and nobody gets stoned.


On the other hand, nobody has ever been injured with me behind the wheel, be it my fault or someone else's.  In conclusion, I must be doing something right.

FRMRTCHR
FRMRTCHR

No bad examples here.  Phone in in my purse either on the floor of the front passenger side or in the back seat. No Bluetooth either. Seatbelts fastened before putting car in gear. I do not drive if I have had even one drink as I have a notoriously low tolerance for any alcoholic beverage. I learned good driving habits in school and from watching good adult drivers.  I even use my turn signal, a unique occurrence in the Atlanta area.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

After seeing the title, I was going to say "Of course!" because, you know, it's fun to mess with the kids. 


but then: "dangerous driving behaviors – including driving without a seat belt, texting, and driving after consuming alcohol"


Aw, Hail Naw!!!   Driving is totally different than providing condoms and saying "have a great time!" 


Driving can easily put you in a life or death situation. 

Seat belts?  We do not move until everyone is buckled in. 

Texting? It can wait!  If someone else is in the car, they can read the text and reply if needed. 

Driving after consuming alcohol?  Not at all if there is any affects.  Once affects wear off, and soberness ensues, then driving is okay. 



RichardKPE
RichardKPE

As bad an example I may be, I'm nothing compared to the other drivers on Atlanta roads.

missnadine
missnadine

I would agree that parents, especially moms, are a bad example when it comes to cell use in the car. I have yet to see a minivan where the driver is wearing a headset. What is it with moms and headsets? If you carrying your precious cargo in your car, then you need to be hands-free!

AtlantaMom
AtlantaMom

Not guilty. Do as I say, not as I do really doesn't work for teenagers.

Lord Humungus
Lord Humungus

Yes! Why? Because most parents should not have reproduced - it's obvious! The morons are reproducing at a faster rate than the smart people thus diluting the gene pool!

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

Yeah.....Come to think of it, I do.


Just the other night I had been drinking, had 3 hookers in the car and I was texting to my friends that I had 3 hookers in the car while drinking from a bottle of cheap scotch. 

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

@missnadine Well, first off, if it is a woman driving, you know right away there could be trouble.