Parents warned over bad driving

A road safety charity has warned that the bad driving habits of parents could affect the way their children drive in the future.

According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), adults who fail to follow safety rules - such as fastening their seatbelt - are putting their children at risk as well.

Figures show as many as 20,000 16 to 19-year-olds were hurt in car accidents last year. The IAM has concluded that a lack of driver training and a blasé attitude to safety inherited from their parents could combine to make a particularly lethal combination for teenagers.

Peter Rodger, IAM chief examiner, said: "Children learn from the behaviour of their parents. If you never wear a seat belt, it is seen as acceptable by your child, even if you insist they wear one as they're growing up.

"Doing 40mph in a 30mph zone, using abusive language towards other drivers and getting too close to the car in front are all bad habits children can pick up from parents or other family members at an early age, and can stay with them for life.

"If children grow up watching their mum or dad talk, text and email on their mobiles while driving, they're going to think it's okay to do the same thing."

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