Are you an over protective parent?
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 wide open road.
Does being an over protective parent really benefit your children?
Leasing Options conducted a survey to see how far parents are going to protect their children behind the wheel – and we’ve discovered that it’s not necessarily benefiting their children’s driving ability.
The findings revealed:
- 1 in 10 18-24 year olds whose parents helped teach them to drive already have points on their licence – yet 90% who weren’t taught by parents have a clean licence. Since you can only legally pass your test at 17, these young drivers were convicted pretty quickly.
- Nearly 1 in 10 18-24 year olds who were taught to drive solely by their parents have been banned completely – this means that it has taken merely a maximum of seven years to be disqualified from the roads.
- Over 50% of mums and dads use a GPS tracker app to monitor their kid’s driving. Additionally, 2 out of 5 parents said they use an app to monitor their child’s speed.
- More than a quarter of parents have forbidden their child from driving long-distance – this could be holding back new drivers from learning how to navigate or how to handle the motorway alone – essentially restricting their driving development.
- The third of parents that do have a driving agreement with their child are more than likely just being protective – over 70% of mums and dads have an understanding with their child that everyone must wear a seat belt. More than half of parents discourage their kids from eating and drinking when driving and 1in 5 mums and dads limit who gets in their child’s car, as passengers can distract new drivers and persuade them to take risks.
- Over a quarter of parents say they’d want to increase the legal driving age.
- 3 out of 5 children found their parents act like annoying ‘backseat-drivers’ – 2 in 5 kids also said they find their parents physically flinching or gasping if they make a mistake in the car.
- 1 in 10 parents find their kid’s driving distressing.
- Over 75% of parents say they’re better at driving than their kids but they aren’t passing on their wisdom – when asked what they thought of their child’s driving, more than 1 in 10 parents described it as ‘worrying’, ‘risky’, or outright ‘terrifying’.
- Parents list hesitancy as children’s number 1 bad habit, with 49% of parents saying that their child has this habit. This is followed by 32% of parents stating that their children are tailgating, and 31% say that their children are aggressive driving to others.