While teens are often thought to rebel against their parents, this is not the case when it comes to learning the rules of the road. Many studies and surveys have found that teen drivers are open to driving lessons from their parents and are especially receptive to the example mothers and fathers set behind the wheel.
One of the major issues that parents face is teaching their youngsters to avoid distracted driving behaviors like texting and talking on the phone, and Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy is working to help parents set the right example.
"Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy involves parents throughout our integrated Driving Program because they play an instrumental role in the development of their teens' safe driving habits," said Carolyn Duchene, director of the academy. "Parents must remember that their driving behaviors are being witnessed and replicated by their teen drivers. So it's important that parents not only remind their teens about the dangers and consequences of distracted driving, but they must also be good role models behind the wheel."
During April, which is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Mercedes' driving school will be hosting demonstrations that allow teen drivers to experience the glaring differences between driving with and without distractions on a closed course in Burbank, Calif. Parents in the New York/New Jersey area can practice similar techniques and check out the academy's website for helpful tips to teach their kids about safe driving.
When it comes time for teenagers to get behind the wheel of their own vehicle, parents can take them to NJ State Auto Auction, which carries a wide selection of used cars, trucks and SUVs. There are plenty of safe, reliable options to choose from, and each one is CARFAX certified, giving parents even more piece of mind that their kids will be safe on the road.