This Kid Copying His Dad Looks Harmless. Until The Camera Zooms Out.

Monkey see, monkey do.

We all know distracted driving can lead to accidents, but few consider some of the other implications of this behavior. 

A recent video called "Strings" uploaded to YouTube by Transport Accident Commission Victoria (TACV) highlights one very important side effect of distracted driving — namely, that impressionable kids sitting in the backseat may be watching and copying your behavior. 


"Strings" begins with a boy.

The camera pulls out to reveal he's driving an imaginary car.

He looks at an imaginary text, and appears to have some road rage.

Then the camera pulls out a little more, and we see he's right behind his dad.

And the little boy is mirroring all of his father's behaviors, whether they are good...

...or bad.

The video ends with these poignant words:

If you habitually do things like text and drive, your kids may be more likely to develop similar behaviors when they are of driving age. 

"Positive role modeling by parents of five to 12-year-olds has the potential to have a huge influence on their child's future driving behavior," the Australian organization writes in their video description. 

Watch the full video here:

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