Kids Drive Like Their Parents



    BURNABY, BC, March 19 /CNW/ - The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation has
released the results of their Young Drivers Study which indicate that kids
drive like their parents.
    The study, commissioned by the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation and managed
by the Applied Research and Evaluation Services Department of the University
of British Columbia (UBC A.R.E.S.), asked drivers between the ages of 19 and
24 to answer questions about their driving history, driving style, and driving
behaviours, as well as their perceptions of the driving history, style and
behaviours of their parents, and identify primary influences when it came to
their personal driving practices.
    The key result from the study is the influence of parental role modeling.
Young Drivers sited their parents, especially fathers, as the primary
influence when it came to their own driving. "Parents should understand that
their driving practices are likely shaping the driving practices of their
children and should ensure that they are good role models behind the wheel,"
stated Allan Lamb, Executive Director of the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation.
"In some cases family influence overpowered driver training courses in young
driver behaviour," added Lamb.
    The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation has also conducted focus groups with
parents of young drivers. When parents were presented with the knowledge that
their driving attitude and behaviour significantly influenced their children's
driving, they agreed that they needed to be more aware of their own driving
practices and were interested in tools that they could use to help their
children develop safe driving practices.
    Driving affects the entire family according to David Dunne, Director of
Provincial Programs for the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation, which is
developing a program to provide parents and their children with the tools to
become safer drivers. "The program will provide parents with resources to help
them constructively parent their children through the early stages of their
driving career - which can be a very scary time," says Dunne.
    The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation is running two Young Driver Workshop
pilot programs in the Lower Mainland and expects to have a formal workshop
program in place by the fall.
    In British Columbia in 2004, persons between the ages of 16 and 25
comprised about 14% of the driving population, according to ICBC. According to
the most recent data from police attended crashes around the province
individuals in this age group were involved in crashes that resulted in
approximately 42% of those injured and approximately 34% of those killed.
Further details from the Young Drivers Study are available on the BCAA Traffic
Safety Foundation's website at www.TeenDrivers.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Lennea Durant, Media Relations, BCAA Traffic
Safety Foundation, (604) 875-1182, lenneadurant@shaw.ca; David Dunne,
Director, Provincial Programs, BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation, (604) 297-2152,
david.dunne@bcaa.com

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