GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – You know they’re out there looking for speeders, tailgaters and drunk drivers. Our local officers put their lives on the line every day to keep our roads safe from bad drivers but parents still have the most power.
According to a new report conducted by traffic analysts at Queensland University of Technology, young drivers were more likely to follow traffic laws after receiving feedback and encouragement from parents, as opposed to police officers.
A Long Island car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes said supportive parents and driving teachers can make often influence a teen’s driving behaviors.
“Teens remain the most at-risk age group for car crashes in Long Island,” car accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “That’s why it’s important to educate teens about safe driving skills and the best practices for any scenario they may encounter while behind the wheel.”
The University study discovered that when parents set rules and guidelines for young drivers, teens rarely violated their parents’ directives. According to the study’s surveys, teens did not want to disappoint their family.
The findings further support the significance of parenting when it comes to safety awareness. Long Island car accident lawyers noted that when parents set rules for their children, teen drivers usually follow them.
“Teens are often viewed as ‘rebellious’ but that’s not always the case and either way, it is critical to set rules for young drivers to keep them safe while they continue to polish their driving skills,” Barnes said. “Car crashes injure thousands of teens every year and almost all of them could be prevented with practice, guidance and support.”
Researchers plan to conduct a second stage of the project that aims to identify the most effective strategies parents can use to improve their child’s safety when a teen gets behind the wheel of a vehicle.
It is estimated that distractions are a factor in three-quarters of all crashes involving a teen driver. Cellino & Barnes urges everyone to follow the rules of the road and pay attention when driving.