When it comes to texting and driving, although 97 percent of teens say they know it's dangerous, 43 percent admit they do it anyway, according to a new survey by AT&T. Meanwhile, 77 percent of teens say that adults tell them not to text and drive but they do it themselves "all the time." More than 40 percent of teens say they see their parents read or send E-mail or text while driving. How dangerous is it? Drivers are 23 times more likely to crash if they text behind the wheel, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Bottom line: Parents need to not just teach safe driving behaviors, but also model them. And start before kids are already driving. "They're really watching you. They're watching what you're doing," Mullen says. "And those are excellent teaching moments."