Monkey see monkey do behind the wheel too: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has put parents on notice, as new data unveiled the high number of young drivers copying dangerous driving habits.

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RACQ’s 2019 Young Drivers Survey revealed more than 72 percent of teens who reported seeing their mums and dads speed, admitted to speeding themselves.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said it was a disturbing trend and pleaded with parents to set a good example for children on the road.

“The school holidays, which officially begin today, are a popular time for learners to clock up their required 100 hours of driving so it’s a timely reminder to mums and dads to take stock of their driving so as to not pass on bad habits,” Ms Ritchie said. 

“Our research shows a significant correlation between drivers witnessing their parents doing the wrong thing behind the wheel and doing it themselves when it comes time to get their licence.”

Ms Ritchie said 60 percent of young drivers had also admitted to using a mobile phone while driving after seeing their parents do the same, and 42 percent admitted to running a red light.

‘We’ve even seen one in five young drivers who saw their parents use social media while driving, then do the same,” she said.

“We know you’re four times more likely to have a serious crash when using your phone behind the wheel and it’s just not worth the risk to yourself and others. If you’re driving, set your phone to Do Not Disturb and leave it alone.

“Regardless of the age of your child, you should always remember they’re watching you behind the wheel.”