The insurer State Farm completed a study that had some responses that worried them when it came to parents teaching kids to drive safely. It seems the parents were sometimes distracted by cell phones and texts!
It’s hard to imagine parents thinking that it was okay to pay more attention to a phone than their new driver, but it’s also hard to imagine that parents would admit they were distracted by phones while teaching their kids to drive TO THEIR INSURANCE PROVIDER.
Here is what State Farm found:
That’s according to a survey by insurer State Farm, which found that 53% of parents admitted being distracted by the devices at least once while they were teaching their teens to drive. Teens surveyed put the number higher: 61% said their parents were distracted while helping them learn to drive.
“It is alarming,” says Chris Mullen, State Farm’s director of technology research. “There is a need to remind parents that they are the role models. Whether it’s deliberate or not, we’re showing these teens what’s acceptable in the car.”