Teaching your child to drive is often a terrifying experience for parents, and many learner drivers choose to supplement on-road experience with their driving instructor for some driving lessons with mum and dad. But when learners get behind the wheel with a parent, they might have just as much to fear.
According to an NRMA survey of more than 800 drivers aged 16-19, one third said their parents had taught them bad driving habits - which then had to be corrected by an instructor. The survey also found learner drivers were being exposed to their parents' bad habits, with the worst offending habits being:
- Not indicating
- Mobile phone use; and
- Road rage
Almost 61% of learner drivers said their parents struggled to teach them fundamentals such as how to parallel park, merge and check blind spots. What's more, nearly 50% of those surveyed stated that mum or dad did not have the knowledge of road rules that's required to successfully pass licencing exams.