Parents are there to support their children through the most important life moments; whether it be taking first steps, riding a bicycle or, possibly, driving a car.
But as any parent knows, it can be hard to let your little one go off without you, no matter how old they are – especially when it’s on the open road.
Leasing Options conducted a survey of 1000 people to see how far parents are going to protect their children behind the wheel – and they’ve discovered that it’s not necessarily benefiting their children’s driving ability.
Both these statistics suggest that parents’ decisions to take the old-fashioned route in teaching their kids to drive might not be the best one for their future…
This might seem a tad overprotective, but alongside the percentage of parents that utilise these ever-more popular GPS apps, many other technologies and incentives are also in place…the next highest ranking tech on the chart is speed limit trackers, which 2 out of 5 parents say they use, closely followed b the use of rewards for good driving.
Parents and the legal driving age
Parental perfection – or not
Most parents like to think they know everything regarding their kids. It’s no surprise, then, that the survey saw 76% of parents state that they were a better driver than their children.
That’s also not surprising in light of some of the words that parents used to describe their child’s driving: more than 1 in 10 parents described it as ‘worrying’, ‘risky’, or outright ‘terrifying’.
When asked about their child’s bad habits, parents put hesitancy on top of the list, followed by tailgating and driving aggressively.
• However, parents don’t get off completely scot-free – their children were also surveyed, and it turns out that the mums and dads have some bad habits too…
• As you can see from the chart, 3 out of 5 children found their parents act like annoying ‘backseat-drivers’, giving them unwanted criticism.
So, the question still remains: are overprotective parents making their kids worse behind the wheel? What do you think? Let us know in the comments!
Thanks to our friends at Leasing Options for carrying out the original research. If you want to read more about the study, you can check out the press release here.