The number one fear on parents’ minds
Drug taking? Unemployment? Dropping out of uni?
No - according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), what parents lose most sleep about is their children's safety on the road.
Passing the driving test and getting a car is the first proper bid for freedom - and a lot of parents feel like they have no control over their child's driving behaviour.
The things parents most fear for their children:
What parents can do
Car accidents are the number one cause of death in 15 to 24 year olds. Parents have good reason to be worried about their children starting to drive - but there are lots of things they can do to help make that biggest fear less likely to come true:
- Encouraging the recommended 45 hours with a driving instructor
- Showing good habits in their own driving behaviour
- Suggesting black box insurance
- Rewarding good driving
- Agreeing boundaries around using the car
What the government can do
The ABI is calling for a 1-year minimum learning period to give drivers more support as they're acquiring vital skills like motorway driving.
There have been many such appeals for an amendment to the Road Traffic Act 1988 - from MPs, crash survivors and road safety charities - but there has been no government action yet.
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