Monkey see, monkey do.
It's more important than you'd think, and now here's the research to prove it.
Full disclosure, this survey was conducted with the help of Toyota, but I thought it included some very important lessons for parents and teenage drivers. The biggest one, I thought, was that, kids are watching, from as young as two years old, how their parents are behaving behind the wheel. So, it's not so easy to say, 'do as I say, not as I do' because that just doesn't work.
As the parent of two young children who are more than 10 years away from even entertaining the idea of getting their license, I have to admit, this survey was a bit of a wake up call. I'm not always thinking what I'm doing and saying while I'm driving is being carefully analyzed in the backseat. Ok, maybe not until recently. I was sitting at a stoplight, and my three year old yelled, "Go!" I said, "I can't, there's another car coming." She said, "but the light is green!" and I had to explain just because the light is green we have to watch out for other cars. At other times, she's uttered "there's so much traffic, ugh." I'm not proud, but sometimes the truth hurts. So, take this information for what it is, a gentle reminder that we all need to be a little more aware of what we're saying in the car, even if we're technically obeying the law. That one time you look down to see who's calling or are tempted to text someone back at the stop sign, remember, they're watching.