Grandma is safer behind the wheel for kids

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Research has shown that a child's safest chauffeur is in fact their grandparents, and not their parents.

Despite the fact that previous research has suggested there is a higher rate of crashes in the over-65s group, a study has found that a child's risk of injury is more than 50 percent lower when travelling with their grandparents.


Lead researcher Dr Fred Henretig, of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said: "We were surprised to discover that the injury rate was considerably lower in crashes where grandparents were the drivers."

The team analysed data from 12,000 crashes from 15 states in America, and it emerged that 1.05 per cent of children were injured when riding with parents, compared to 0.70 per cent of those riding with grandparents – a 33 percent lower risk. This was despite the fact that parents were found to be more likely to use the correct seating and restraints, where the older generation might not always follow the right procedures.

Dr Henretig, 64, said: "I found myself being very nervous on the occasions that we drove our granddaughter around and really wondered if anyone had ever looked at this before."

One suggested theory for the results was that "Perhaps grandparents are made more nervous about the task of driving with the "precious cargo" of their grandchildren and establish more cautious driving habits."