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Parents' bad driving habits often copied

Tuesday, November 27, 2012by  Jon Osterberg

Parents, always be the driver you want your teen to be.
   That's the key takeaway from a national study of teen drivers and their parents that shows "a significant correlation" between their driving behaviors. The study, conducted jointly between the University of Michigan and Toyota, is unique because it includes interviews with teens ages 16-18 and parents from the same household.
   The report cites specific distracted-driving behavior that, if demonstrated by parents, is mimicked by their teens -- behavior like eating and drinking, groping around for lost items,or settling disputes. Also noted: Despite widespread educational campaigns, texting while driving remains commonplace among teens. Read the story in the Wall Street Journal's Market Watch.

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