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We need to talk about road safety

This week is #RoadSafetyWeek and as we've been kind of obsessed with parents this year, we thought we'd dedicate this one to them.

A little while ago, we asked a bunch of parents to look at a list of driving dangers and pick all the topics they'd discussed with their children when they were learning to drive.

The usual suspects were there: speeding, drinking, texting. But a fair few VERY IMPORTANT subjects were falling way down the list.

What parents talk about when it comes to safe driving

Road safety topic Percentage of parents that discussed it
Going too fast 58.50%
Being on a mobile phone 47.70%
Drink driving 45.30%
Having friends in the car 33.40%
Having the music up too loud 33.40%
Braking suddenly 31.30%
Overtaking 26.80%
Drug driving 23.80%
Driving near schools 21.40%
Going too slow 20.20%

Drink driving is a top subject - but not drug driving

45% of parents rightly worry and talk about drink driving - but half that number bring up drug driving. Over the summer, we found that 60% of people couldn't answer a simple question about drug driving laws.

Drug driving, like drink driving, is highly dangerous. It's illegal and, also like drink driving, it can be tested for at the side of the road. There is no way around it: you can be caught and you will be charged in 95% of cases.

Pretty important, that.

Important road skills are being neglected

Many parents do make sure their children know the dangers of speeding but they're neglecting to warn them about harsh braking, which causes a lot of back-end crashes.

When a driver's still working on their observation, sudden braking is a particular problem and requires conscious effort. That starts with awareness of the problem.

Parents don't know what they don't know

When you suddenly find your baby child has grown 8 foot and started driving, knowing what to advise them on is tough.

If your own driving test also happens to have taken place 20+ years ago... Even harder. But the only thing a parent absolutely must know to do? Look it all up.

We launched our Parent's Guide for this very purpose. It has all the information you need if you have no clue what to tell your child about safe driving.

The ingenie Parent's Guide to Driving

Study up: the no-crash course in safe driving for parents.

Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .

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ingenie is a car insurance brand for young drivers aged 17-25. We fit a black box in your car to assess your driving style. We'll review your policy 3 times a year and those who drive well could receive a discount.

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