Any parent will tell you that nothing, good or bad, gets past children. A recent study confirms children are also watching what parents are doing behind the wheel. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing recently conducted an online survey of 760 adults from 47 states and found that having a child in the car did little to deter parents from engaging in risky driving behaviors. The participants were aged 18 years or older and were the parents or caregivers of children between four- and ten-years old. The results were surprising.
A significant percentage of the parents surveyed reported:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Inconsistently using seat restraints for themselves or their children
- Talking on a cell phone while driving
- Reading text messages while driving
- Using social media while driving
When little eyes are watching, they may be picking up thos e bad habits and are bound to repeat them once they learn to drive.
Distracted Driving Dangers
Distracted driving is considered an American epidemic, a factor in roughly one-quarter of all fatal car wrecks. In 2015, 391,000 injuries were caused by distracted driving accidents. Distracted driving has been equated with drunk driving because it also impairs focus, decision-making, and reaction time. As drivers continue to get away with these bad behaviors, they become more emboldened to continue doing them until they eventually meet disastrous consequences.
Preventing Bad Behavior from Parents
The good news about the risky behaviors uncovered in the study is that they can all be prevented. The lead author of the study encourages pediatricians and other clinicians to use their discussions about seat belt safety and other good behaviors with their pediatric patients as an opportunity to invite parents into the discussion as well. Educating parents on the dangers of distracted driving may be the first step to establishing safe driving habits that can be passed down to the next generation of drivers.
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