New research shows that driving with children in the back seat is even more dangerous than texting while driving.
Researchers from the Monash University Accident Research Centre in Australia have found that children are 12 times more distracting to the driver than talking on a mobile phone.
They studied 12 families with one to three children, rigging their family cars with cameras.
The results showed the average parent takes their eyes off the road for 18% of the time – often turning to look at a child in the rear seat or watching them in the rear-view mirror.
With crying, screaming, back-seat squabbles and falling food or dummies all taking their toll.
This makes driving with children more distracting than eating, drinking, chatting with your front seat passenger or even using your phone.