Parents passing bad driving habits onto kids

June 27, 2013 | By | In News

More and more parents are passing bad driving habits on to their children, according to a survey by car insurance provider Admiral.

More than half of parents with teenage children take them out for driving tuition, though it often leads to anxiety and arguments – not a happy combo when attempting to get to grips with the rules of the road.

Admiral surveyed 1,705 parents and 373 teenagers to find out exactly what happens during these private driving lessons.

The results showed that 52 per cent of parents get nervous while attempting to teach their offspring to drive, while 44 per cent of teenagers felt the same about having their mum or dad in the car.

Whether it’s down to parents being over-protective, or teenagers getting ahead of themselves, around half of these lessons end in a row, and a quarter of parents refuse to take their children out on driving lessons for the sake of family relations.

Sue Longthorn, Admiral managing director, said: ‘‘As your teenager approaches 17, you have to make a decision whether you will take them out for additional practice.

“Done well there are clearly benefits. It can help them learn more quickly and hopefully spend less on driving lessons. However it is always going to be a minefield as personalities clash and this often results in arguments.”

Bad driving habits are also a concern for parents, with 45 per cent stating that they were worried about passing on their lazy or dangerous driving behaviour.

Teenagers are quick to blame their poor driving on mums and dads, too. Thirty-five per cent pointed the finger, saying they’d picked up sloppy driving habits from them.

Despite this, the majority of parents still think they’d pass a driving test first time if they were to sit one today.

Longhorn continued with some advice for worried parents: “It’s also important to keep up to date with current driving advice. It’s a good idea to let your son or daughter have some lessons with a qualified instructor before venturing out with them. Then you might want to speak with their instructor first to make sure you are helping and not hindering their driving.”

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