Children: a driving distraction

Our children cause us to make mistakes on the road


The biggest distraction for parents when driving isn’t mobile phones, radio tuning or arguments over map reading – it’s our children.


A quarter of parents surveyed said they were distracted by their offspring in the back seat when on the road. And of these mums and dads, 70% said they’d missed a turn because of it. Scarily, 24% said it caused them to go over the speed limit. Even more worryingly, 6% had skipped a red light.

The survey, of 755 parents on the Tesco Baby & Toddler Club’s Mums’ Choice panel, found 16% of parents even arranged for one of them to sit in back with the children to make car trips easier.


If you’re planning on driving anywhere this summer, check out or pick of travel toys to keep tots entertained on long and short journeys.


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