Behind the Wheel Driving Behaviors

Like any other personality traits…what is considered ‘OK’ driving behavior while we’re behind the wheel and going wherever can vary widely from person to person.

We know that speeding, eating and texting are dangerous on the road, yet many of us have gotten used to these behaviors and see them as perfectly ordinary. We justify unsafe, even ridiculous driving habits because we trust ourselves behind the wheel – maybe more than we should. And we often have different rules for ourselves than we do for other drivers.

‘Walk the Talk’ on driving standards that you set for your teen.

Different driving standards

For example, let’ say you’re meeting a friend for dinner and they text you to ask for your ETA, and you text back “be there in 10 minutes.” You rationalize it as a rare, quick & harmless event…and you were extra cautious.  But when you see another driver sending a text while your teen is behind the wheel…are you as forgiving?

The reality is, of course, that we are just as dangerous as the distracted drivers around us…and no one is immune to the potential consequences.

Setting an example

Like all other role model situtions…How you drive tells your teen what is ‘OK’ behind the wheel. Remember, actions always speak louder than words…including and especially driving behaviors. Giving a verbal disclaimer to “do as I say, not as I just did” doesn’t fly and your actions will be emulated…it’s just a matter of time.

Setting a good example for what is ‘safe & acceptable driving behavior’ is always your best parental bet. We’ve got plenty of resources to help, but it’s up to you to make it stick.

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