Mr and Mrs Bad Ex­am­ple

Some mums and dads should be the last peo­ple to give their kids driv­ing lessons

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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

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