Worst advice parents give to teen drivers revealed!

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 10:20 hrs

Experts have revealed some of the worst driving advice parents give their teenagers.

Many of the mistakes teen drivers make stem from the things they learn from parents, researchers say, Fox News reported.

Teen drivers are four times more likely to crash, on a per-mile basis, than older drivers, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. They are notorious for taking stupid risks and being overconfident about their driving ability.

Do as I say, not as I do - telling your kid about the danger of texting and driving won't do any good if you pick up your cell phone while motoring down the highway.

It's OK to speed a little- Brad Ault, president of the Florida Professional Driving School Association and Ault's Driver Education Center in Englewood, Fla., says he hears parents tell teens it's all right to drive 5 mph over the speed limit because "everybody does it."

But they should teach their kids to obey the speed limit and to drive according to conditions. Too many drivers don't slow down when the weather is bad.

Pump the brakes to prevent skidding - before modern brake systems were developed, drivers were told to pump the brakes to prevent them from locking up. But most cars today are equipped with anti-lock brakes, making pumping unnecessary, says Casey Carden, regional chief instructor for the Southeast for the Skip Barber Racing School in Braselton, Ga.

Look over the hood ornament as you drive - looking over the hood ornament doesn't give the driver enough scope. You should look farther up the road-one to two intersections ahead-in the city and as far as you can scan in the country, Fife says.

Hold the steering wheel at 10 and 2 - you might have been taught to hold the steering wheel in the 10 and 2 positions, envisioning the steering wheel as a clock, but that advice became outdated when airbags were developed, Ault says. Today driving instructors generally tell drivers to hold the wheel at the 10 and 3 positions, avoiding an explosively deployed airbag.

Wait until you're 18, so you can skip all the requirements - many states require classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction for teen drivers to get licensed, but most don't require driver education for new drivers or place restrictions on them once they reach 18. Fife says some families put off letting their kids drive until 18 so they can skip all those pesky requirements in place for younger teens. (ANI)

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