Distracted parents to teen drivers: Do as I say, not as I do

One of the challenges of parenthood is to urge your children to be better than you. You want them to be smarter, more successful and safer, too.

A new survey shows that many parents are struggling to teach their children how to drive without distractions. Unfortunately, those parents are themselves often distracted drivers who pose a danger to other motorists.

As anyone who drives in New Mexico recognizes, distracted driving has become an enormous safety problem over the past few years. As more and more people become more and more reliant on their smartphones, they find it harder and harder to stow those phones while driving.

The AAA Foundation says its study did not find that cellphone usage has increased, but that the ways in which phones are being used is changing. Phones today are used less for talking to friends or family and more for texting.

The study also suggests that the problem of distracted driving is "much more prevalent" than statistics might indicate.

An online survey from Autobrain found that parents might talk a good game about proper driving behavior and avoiding behind-the-wheel distractions, but 41 percent of parents admit to texting while driving. Just over half admit that they eat while behind the wheel and 23 percent confess that they have driven after consuming alcohol.

Those are not exactly behaviors we want young New Mexico drivers emulating.

Our law firm helps motorists injured in car accidents caused by a distracted driver. We help protect your rights and help you fight for maximum compensation for your damages.

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