Mr and Mrs Bad Example
Some mums and dads should be the last people to give their kids driving lessons
parents, such as texting while driving, talking on a mobile phone, or speeding.
White says the survey by Ford reflects Australian experiences. He says it is significant that 78 per cent of teens say their parents have
a lot of influence’’ on the way they will drive.
The example they set is absolutely critical in shaping future drivers,’’ he says. It’s clear . . . that the influence of parents’ road behaviour needs to be improved.
This raises questions regarding our logbook system and on the overall suitability of many drivers to effectively coach new drivers.’’
He is calling for either a graduated licensing system for all drivers or extra licensing for anyone who trains a learner.
There are some countries in Europe that do an assessment on parents’ ability to teach learner drivers,’’ he says. If someone is a serial traffic offender or not a good driver, you have to ask [whether they are] suitable.’’
White says parents have a role to play in driver education
provided we are all singing from the same hymn book’’.
We often hear learner drivers say their mum and dad say something different to what the professional driver trainers are telling them.’’
The Ford survey also found 82 per cent of parents expressed interest in putting their children through driver training programs but less than 20 per cent of them actually enrolled their teens.
White says there should be greater priority for not only enhancing the licensing system but also in providing incentives for further driver training and education.
It’s about altering the overall road culture,’’ he says.
Do as I say: Most parents think they are safe drivers — and most teens have seen the opposite