Children: a driving distraction

Our children cause us to make mistakes on the road

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

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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.

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