Survey: Bad driving worries parents of teens more than pregnancy

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by Gerard Jude Castillo | Aug 31, 2016

Sex, drugs, and alcohol--these are just some of the nightmares every parent has once a child reaches puberty. But did you know that these only play catch up to a glaring concern that runs through the minds of most moms and dads in America today?

We’re referring to teenage driving. Before you start laughing, you might want to recall your first time behind the wheel. Weren’t you a bit too eager to floor the gas pedal and blast past every slowpoke on the road? It seems that 55% of parents think their kids have the same sentiments.

This is according to a survey commissioned by Chevrolet and done by Harris Poll. The study found that poor academic performance (53%), drug addiction (52%), and teen pregnancy (49%) trail how teenagers behave behind the wheel. The poll was taken from June 16-23 of this year involving some 638 respondents. Said subjects are parents of teens aged 13-17. And as we all know, this is the age when most of them will start asking for the keys. In fact, some 360,000 new drivers would most likely be getting their licenses within the month of August alone. And that’s just in the United States.

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Fortunately, parents don’t need to worry too much. New cars, such as some 10 models within the Chevrolet lineup, are already fitted with a feature called Teen Driver. The system essentially allows parents to program their car with limited functions that are designed to save overzealous young drivers from themselves. Dad can set the maximum speed, audio system volume, and have other distractions and temptations in check. Moreover, Teen Driver can log each and every move that Junior makes while he’s driving. The system can track distance traveled, average speed, and the like. It’s like Mom's watching every step of the way.

Ah, the reckless abandon of youth. Thank God car safety is able to keep up with the times.

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