A recent British study by Privilege Insurance revealed that kids prefer to ride with their dads because they think they are safer drivers — but not by much.
Apparently British drivers aren’t any safer than Americans. However, the bigger concern should be how many kids feel unsafe in the car. A reported 47% felt unsafe while driving with their mother, while another 39% felt unsafe while driving with their father and 5% felt unsafe with both parents. That’s a lot of kids feeling unsafe.
Personally, I didn’t think kids paid that close of attention to how their parents drove. Guess I was wrong.
I don’t remember feeling one way or another about my parents’ driving as a child. Either I was a pretty unobservant kid (but judging by the number of questions I used to ask, I’d say that wasn’t the case) or times are changing.
I also wonder, do the kids really feel unsafe or are they reflecting what their parents say about each other’s driving? If that’s the case, then I guess more fathers complain about their wives’ driving than vice versa.
So we should not only be careful about how we drive, but how we talk about our spouse’s driving because we are scaring the kids.