In a 2001 study from the US, the driving records of young drivers were compared with those of their parents. The results showed that a child’s driving record is related to their parent’s driving record. Children whose parents had three or more crashes on their record were 22% more likely to have had at least one crash compared with children whose parents had no crashes. Likewise, children whose parents had three or more violations were 38% more likely to have had a violation compared with children whose parents had none. Logistic regression models showed that these relationships held true when controlling for household type and child gender.
Video credit: Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission’s ‘What kind of driver are you raising?’ campaign.
Study reference: Susan A. et al. Relationship of parent driving records to the driving records of their children, Accident Analysis & Prevention,V33, 2001.