Parents have bad driving habits and children are well aware of this, according to a recent Ipsos survey.

Enervement, telephone, speed … Parents do not have an exemplary behavior at the wheel, according to a study conducted with 1,000 parents and children aged 8 to 16 by Ipsos for the VINCI Autoroutes Foundation. However, children have great confidence in their driving and feel safe driving. They give them an average score of 8/10 while parents, they assign themselves a slightly lower score (7.3 / 10).

Children are very attentive to the behavior of their parents. Parents are very confident in driving and thus adopt risky behaviors. Even if they change their behavior when their family is in the vehicle, they are not exemplary and are aware of it. They are thus 77% to admit still exceed the speed limits and 65% of the children find that they roll too fast. Indeed, children are not fooled. “They are particularly attentive to the conduct of their parents and their observation of uncivil behavior or non-compliance is very developed,” says Bernadette Moreau, General Delegate of the VINCI Autoroutes Foundation. Thus, many of them do not miss the negligence of their parents, such as not flashing or letting pedestrians cross. Another alarming fact, “22% of parents do not systematically check if their children have fastened their belts and 27% of children notice it.” In addition, 11% of parents do not systematically attach their child for very short journeys. This is particularly worrying given that 34% of the rear passengers killed in 2014 did not wear a seat belt.

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Stay calm and focused. Although two-thirds of parents try to get less excited with their children, they are a majority (76%) to admit to insults while driving. A finding also made by toddlers (81%). The latter are also 54% to have also noticed that their parents have already phoned by car, a fault admitted by 44% of them. “The mobile phone has become an extension of itself, but parents and children alike know that phoning while driving is one of the first causes of accidents, and parents need to be aware that they are role models for their children. Extremely powerful models: When parents phone while driving, children learn that we have the right to disregard the rules and laws … “says psychiatrist Daniel Marcelli.

Frequent breaks but too short. On long trips, breaks are more frequent when there are children for 78% of parents. They stop every 2:36, 36 minutes longer than the average recommended time. However, according to toddlers, almost a third of parents stop “just the time to go to the bathroom and put gas in the car, without taking the time to eat, play or rest “. A study that has something to think about the eve of the Christmas holidays.


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