Ford study shows discrepancies between teens and parents regarding driving skills

April 26, 2011 12:00 AM

A surprising new study by Ford Motors shows that many teens in the United States believe their parents are unsafe or reckless drivers.

More than 900 people participated in the study based in three age groups: parents of 9- to 19-year olds, teens 13- to 19-years-old and kids 9- to 12-years old.

According to the survey, 95 percent of parents thought they were good drivers, but only 82 percent of teens believe this to be true.

"There seems to be a gap between parents saying they drive safely and what their kids observe," said Sue Cischke, Ford group vice president, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering. "Eating, reading and hand-held texting are bad habits that teens and tweens pick up."

In addition, more than 75 percent of the youngest age group survey said they would base their driving knowledge off of what parents teach them. This is reportedly a very good thing for young children, as parents often act as role models.

However, bad techniques can come from parents along with other drivers on the road who might be careless, so it's important to know the rules of the road.  

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