Parents are aggressive when driving, say children
Published 06/08/2011 | 05:00
WATCH out, parents. Your children are keeping a close eye on your driving -- and they are not impressed.
Indeed, nearly two-thirds (63pc) regard you as aggressive drivers. And they reckon dads are far more likely to speed.
It gets worse. One in eight children (13pc) are embarrassed by mum and dad's driving, according to new research.
It was carried out by Continental Tyres. They asked 1,000 children to watch, listen and then report their feelings.
Three in four of the children, aged between four and 16, reported how their parents shouted at other road users.
One-fifth (20pc) told the surveyors that the so-called "responsible adult" behind the wheel used a hand-held mobile phone while driving. It is, of course, against the law to do so.
It gets even worse. Such was the poor standard of driving by the parents of those surveyed that nearly a quarter (22pc) of the children admitted that they "slumped down" in their seat to try to hide.
Almost as many (20pc) were so frustrated that they plucked up the courage to ask the drivers to improve their driving.
And 10pc said they had gripped the seat in response to the speed at which their parents were driving.
Nearly a quarter of the children (23pc) reported that the car in which they were travelling had been in an accident with either mum (13pc) or dad (10pc) at the wheel.
Two-thirds of parents argued about their respective driving abilities. Indeed, their children rated them far higher when just the one was in the car.
Paddy Murphy from Continental Tyres Ireland said: "Parents are normally very aware of the need to be good role models. This survey reminds them of the need to continue this when they get behind the wheel."
The survey, conducted here and in the UK, highlights poor driving practices and a lack of courtesy. But making it worse is the impact it has on children.
Mr Murphy adds: "The assumption might have been that driving with a child in the car would prompt greater care and attention. This evidence suggests not and poor driving habits are potentially being ingrained in future motorists."