Behind the wheel at 9
More than a third of parents let their kids get behind the wheel of a car before they turn 17, according to research by a money-saving website – and most even allow it on public roads.
Almost half (47%) think the legal driving age should be lowered to 16, indicating that parental attitudes to teens’ driving could be relaxing.
The survey by VoucherCodesPro.co.uk questioned 2,157 British parents aged 35 or over with children aged five or over, and 35% admitted they had let their children drive before reaching 17.
Some 58% had let their kids drive aged 16, while 3% claim to have let their offspring get behind the wheel illegally aged just nine.
And an incredible 59% even allowed their underage, completely uninsured, totally inexperienced children to drive on the public road network, putting everyone around them at risk.