Teens: Parents don’t know about driving behaviour

Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers, LTD.-Ontario, Canada, Teen DriversCanadian parents and teens have far different perspectives on adherence to graduated driver licensing laws, according to a new State Farm survey.
The findings suggest parents of teen drivers believe their teens are following GDL laws more methodically than teens report. They also suggest parents monitor their teens’ adherence to GDL laws more than teens report.

But one thing they agree on: The most likely cause of teens flouting GDL rules is peer pressure.
“The survey findings highlight the need for greater dialogue about teen driver safety within families, communities and with public policy makers,” State Farm Canada public affairs manager Sam Palmerio said.

“Car crashes are the leading cause of death for Canadian teens and GDL laws are critical to reducing high-risk driving situations. With the right focus and conversational tone, we can empower teens to consistently make smart decisions as they enjoy the freedom that comes with getting a driver’s licence.”
The study surveyed 500 parents and 280 teen drivers. Findings include:

  • 69% of parents believe their teen almost always follows nighttime driving restrictions while only 48% of teens said they almost always do so;
  • 64% of parents believe their teen driver almost always adhere to restrictions on the number of passengers allowed while only 42% of teens say they normally follow this restriction;
  • 80% of parents feel that their monitoring of teens’ adherence to GDL laws is one of the reasons that teens will follow driving restrictions; only 56% of teens agreed with this;
  • 63% of parents said they almost always monitor their teen’s obedience to nighttime driving restriction, but only 33% of teens report this was the case, and
  • 34% of parents and 33% of teens listed peer pressure as the most likely reason for teens to not follow GDL laws.
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