EDITORIAL: Bad habits

It shouldn’t come as a great surprise that a recent ICBC survey found many parents are passing along poor driving habits to their teenagers.

What is less expected is that only about a third of them seem to be aware of the impact their bad behaviour is having.

Whether it’s speeding, failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign or red light, or not properly concentrating on the complex task of navigating urban streets, for some, the rules of the road tend to grow a little hazy over the years. And the more comfortable we get behind the wheel, the more corners we tend to cut.

But allowing teens to start out with bad habits passed down, even inadvertently, is like setting them up to fail.

So while they’re watching to make sure their children learn to follow road regs, parents with years behind the wheel would do well to ask whether they could do better — and practise what they preach.


– adapted from The Langley Times (Black Press)



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