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Are Grandparents Safer Drivers Than Mom And Dad?

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — There’s another debate brewing across the country.  It’s a debate over a new study that says kids are safer in the car when a grandparent is driving, rather than their own parents.

Kai Jackson explains the results surprised researchers.

It’s always been a rule that grandparents spoil their grandchildren.  A new study says when those grandchildren are with their grandparents on the road, they’re in good hands.

“Grandparents tend to be overly cautious and protective of their grandchildren.  That’s just natural,” said grandparent Mark Underwood.

According to a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics, grandparents are safe drivers with their grandkids.  The study determined that a child’s risk for injury was 50 percent lower riding with their grandparents instead of with their parents.  The study credits grandparents with being more focused and less distracted than parents.

“I’m not surprised to hear that at all,” said grandparent Naomi Greenberg.

The results were taken from State Farm crash insurance claims from 2003-2007.  Fifteen states were analyzed and it involved 12,000 children up to 15 years old.  Overall, 1.05 percent of kids were hurt riding with their parents vs. 0.70 percent of kids riding with their grandparents—a 33 percent lower risk.

The study also noted that trips in the car with grandchildren might be more quality time than running errands.

Comments

One Comment

  1. Sylvan Finkelstein says:

    IS THIS SUPPOSED TO BE A TRICK QUESTION,OR IS IT LIKE SAYING THE SKY IS GREEN AND THE GRASS IS BLUE.VERY PATHETIC WHEN YOU HAVE TO WRITE ARTICLES LIKE THIS

  2. Kim Cluney says:

    The results only analyzed children involved in crashes. It did not determine if kids were more likely to be in a crash when riding with parents vs. grandparents. The assumptions made by the report are incorrect, based on what was evaluated. And really, 7 tenths of a percent vs. 1.05 percent? That is not a lot, based on the sample size. What I take from this is that if your child is going to be in a crash, send them with Grandma. Good luck predicting when you’ll be in a crash, though.

  3. well... says:

    i find this one hard to believe bc its the ones that are to carfull and scared to drive that are the ones that cause the accidents.

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