Parents are teaching their children incorrect and potentially dangerous habits on the roads, according to a survey conducted by NRMA Driver Training.
Almost half (49 per cent) of the surveyed 415 learner drivers in NSW and the ACT identified that there were road rules that their instructor had made them aware of that their parents/supervising driver had not.
It also revealed that 30 per cent of respondents have had their parents/supervising driver teach them something that their instructor has claimed was wrong. The majority of these related to roundabouts – specifically when to indicate.
“Reverse parallel parking. Mum tried to teach me, but she doesn’t have a step by step method that she goes by, she just does it by feel. In this case this is what I needed as a learner.”
The survey also found learner drivers were being exposed to their parents’ bad habits, with the worst offending habits being:
- Speeding (37%)
- Not indicating (29%)
- Mobile phone use (20%); and
- Road rage (9%)
If you are keen on teaching your learner driver you may want to supplement your teachings and allow your learner to do a NSW Safer Drivers course that not only helps with getting 20 bonus logbook hours but also teaches important techniques on how to manage risks on the road.
Are you a good driving instructor or do you think you need to brush up on your driving skills before supervising your kids?