Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft seem like the ideal transportation solution for teenagers too young to drive.
Teens can Uber home from school if their parents are unavailable. Or if a group of friends want to take a trip to the mall, a Lyft can safely take them there.
However, a new study suggests that parents are concerned about the lack of safety ride-sharing services can bring.
Conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, the study was administered in February to a randomly selected group of parents 18 and older nationwide. The study consisted of responses from 877 parents who had at least one child between the ages of 14-18. The margin of error is plus or minus 2-4 percentage points and is higher among subgroups.
Parents’ top concern was unsafe drivers, with three in four parents worried about issues such as being distracted by a phone or speeding. In addition, more than half of parents were worried about a driver being impaired from alcohol or drugs, while half were concerned that their teen would not be wearing a seat belt.