Are You Teaching Your Kids Bad Driving Habits?

Parents like to feel like they’ve equipped their children to handle the responsibility of driving. Most parents spend years worrying about their kids, instilling good driving habits, and teaching teens to respect their vehicles. But just as many undermine those good examples with their own bad driving habits.

4 Ways Parents Teach Teens Bad Driving Habits

  1. driving with dogDistracted driving. Parenthood is hard. The number of fires to put out at any given time ranges from “a few” to “too many to count.” But when parents allow themselves to drive distractedly – whether that means fiddling with a carseat, mediating an argument, or texting at a stoplight – kids take note. A few years down the line, those tendencies are more likely to slip into your kids’ driving habits than a few “don’t text and drive” lectures from mom and dad.
  2. Road rage. When we’re behind the wheel, we feel like we’re always right. But parents who get frustrated with other drivers’ mistakes often make their kids more likely to develop road rage. Instead of yelling when a distracted driver cuts you off, take the opportunity to teach your teen to always pay attention – because the other driver may not be.
  3. Letting worry get the best of you. Every parent wants to make sure their kids are safe. Unfortunately, one of the fastest ways to check on your kids is to call or text. And when teens feel pressured to respond to parents’ check-ins en route, they become dangerous drivers.
  4. Getting vigilant about curfew. Curfews are an important part of raising responsible teenagers. But when parents get picky about not missing curfew by a minute, teens often resort to unsafe driving practices to get home on time. Instead of grounding your teen for being five minutes late (or worse, calling to lecture while your child is driving), plan ahead. Call your teen well before curfew to remind them it’s time to head home.

What’s one habit you should pass on to teen drivers? Keeping your car clean! Stop by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail to teach your teen drivers the value of maintaining their cars.

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