Do Parents Really Know What Their Teen Drivers Are Doing?

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

By Jeff Gilbert, CBS Detroit

DETROIT — (WWJ) Parents often think their teen drivers are limiting the number of drivers in their cars, and staying off their smart phones, but the teens admit to very different behavior behind the wheels. This comes in a study of teen drivers and their parents done by State Farm Insurance.

“What we found was somewhat of a disconnect between parents view of their teens behaviors and what teens were telling us in terms of their views and their behaviors,” said Chris Mullen, director of technology research for State Farm.

LINK–State Farm Teen Driving Study

The largest disconnect was in the area of passengers in the vehicle. Mullen says 70 percent of parents said they believed their teenage sons and daughters followed laws restricting the number of passengers a new driver could carry. But, only 43 percent of teens said they followed the law.


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