we need to remember kids learn by example and are likely to pick up our bad habits
(PRWEB) November 13, 2010
Around one in five Queensland parents admits they often lose their cool in the car in front of their kids, according to new research by NRMA Car Insurance.
With many families facing extra busy schedules in the lead-up to the end of the school and work year, NRMA Insurance is urging parents under the pump to stay cool, calm and collected at the wheel.
NRMA Car Insurance spokesperson Sue Hawkins said parents who swore and made rude gestures at other drivers may be forgetting their kids can see and hear them.
‘Sometimes parents make outbursts in the driver’s seat and behave in ways that they normally probably wouldn’t consider appropriate in front of children,’ she said.
‘It’s easy to get lost in the moment of anger or frustration. But we need to remember kids learn by example and are likely to pick up our bad habits when they take to the wheel themselves one day.
‘Losing your cool is only likely to add to your stress levels and make it harder to concentrate on the road around you.’
The research revealed nearly 40 per cent of Brisbane parents broke a road rule at least once a month with their children in the car, and yet more than 90 per cent felt they set a good driving example.
While most Queensland parents followed the road rules, some were prepared to take surprising risks with their children on board. They confessed their children often saw them:
- talking or texting on hand-held mobile phone (7%)
- speeding (11%)
- ignoring road signs and rules (5%)
- tailgating (4%)
Fathers admitted they were more likely to break the rules, with 15 per cent confessing to exceeding the speed limit with kids in the car, compared to 7 per cent of mothers.
‘It’s sometimes a case of ‘do as I say, not as I do’ when it comes to our road habits,’ Ms Hawkins said.
‘We’re asking parents to role model safe driving habits at all times. We wouldn’t ask our kids to do risky things but we sometimes forget we’re putting them, ourselves and others at risk when we break road rules that have been put in place to keep us safe.’
*Survey of more than 1,000 Australian parents by Pure Profile research for NRMA Insurance, October 2010.
NRMA Insurance QLD is a leading insurance provider, offering Home Insurance, Car Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Travel Insurance, Business Insurance, Boat Insurance, Health Insurance and Caravan Insurance in Queensland.
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