Be­hind the wheel at 9

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update -

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 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.

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