Wed Aug 22 2007
New York City is infamous for streets jammed with angry, aggressive drivers; we all know that, but did you know that your kids might be picking up your bad driving habits long before Driver’s Ed.? According to Reuters, a survey conducted by the Marketing Services Research on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance found that eight out of ten kids aged 10 to 18 are paying attention to their parents’ driving at least half of the time. So even when you think your mini-me is too distracted by iPods or DVDs to notice you giving the bird to a crazy cab driver, she’s probably still watching.
And while the article reports that kids may follow in their parent’s tire tracks, I have my doubts. I don’t drive, talk on the phone, read and put on makeup all at once like my mother does. (Sorry, mom, you know it’s true!) Why? Because two or three totaled vehicles later, she had scared me out of following her bad behavior. And I’m pretty sure the kid from the survey who reported that her mother “played ‘chicken’ with a truck, driving straight at it, and ending up in a ditch at the side of the road,”won’t repeat her mother’s actions either. But parents out there with road rage and texting-while-driving addictions may want to curb those unfavorable driving tendencies, just in case.