Teens see faults with their parents' driving, but majority of parents
say their teens are good drivers: RBC Insurance Poll
TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Although confident in their driving
abilities, many Canadian parents still have serious concerns when their
teens get behind the wheel. According to a recent RBC Insurance survey,
nine-in-10 parents rate their teens as fairly good drivers, despite the
fact that 79 per cent admit their teenagers engage in some form of
"It's great to see that Canadian parents have confidence in their teens'
driving abilities," said Natalie Dupuis, senior product manager, Auto,
RBC Insurance. "With the winter driving season upon us, accidents are
much more prevalent and it's critical that everyone, especially new
drivers who have less experience, keep their full attention on the
Parents polled by RBC Insurance say that their teen's biggest driving
distraction is the radio or music (25 per cent), followed by having
friends in the car (21 per cent) and talking to passengers (14 per
cent). Five per cent admit their teen is distracted by texting and two
per cent say their children are making phone calls while driving.
Ruling the road: Moms versus Dads
When it comes to teens' perception of their parents' driving habits,
almost half (47 per cent) rate their father as an extremely good
driver, whereas only 29 per cent would give their mother this credit.
This, despite the fact that almost four-in-10 (38 per cent) say that
the most common fault with their dad's driving is speeding or driving
too aggressively. In comparison, only six per cent say their mom's most
common fault is driving too aggressively and 11 per cent say it's
speeding. In fact, 16 per cent believe their moms drive too slowly and
don't know their directions when driving.
However, teaching a teen to drive may improve the parent's driving
habits - 84 per cent of parents agree that teaching their teen to drive
has gotten them thinking about their own driving habits. The study also
found that formal driving lessons are becoming less prevalent, as 35
per cent of parents say they learned from an instructor only, compared
to 16 per cent of the teens interviewed.
Surprisingly, parents say that the most common fault with their teens'
driving is not knowing their route/direction (20 per cent), while being
distracted was a close second at 15 per cent. Other common faults
parents mentioned include:
being too aggressive (12 per cent)
speeding (12 per cent)
not knowing the rules of the road (9 per cent)
driving too slowly (8 per cent)
Although 15 per cent of teens admit to having had at least one accident,
the survey found generally good driving behaviour among this segment of
the population. The majority of teens, both young men and women, claim
they have not had any parking tickets (90 per cent), speeding tickets
(92 per cent) and/or accidents (85 per cent).
Based on these findings, what should parents consider when seeking car
insurance for their teen? RBC Insurance offers these tips:
Send your kids to driving school. New drivers will learn valuable driving skills and defensive driving
techniques that will keep them safe and focused on the road. Also, many
insurers, including RBC Insurance, will credit new drivers with three
years of driving experience if they have completed a certified driver's
education course approved by the Ministry of Transportation.
Ask about a "student away from home' discount. Many young drivers don't drive frequently and occasional drivers have
lower premiums. RBC insurance offers up to 50 per cent on premiums for
families whose children are away at school and drive the family car
Use your flexibility with deductibles and features. By increasing deductibles, you can lower your premium. Adding a feature
such as an accident forgiveness component lets drivers cancel out their
first accident, meaning the premium won't increase.
About the RBC Insurance Poll
The RBC Insurance Poll was conducted by Ipsos Reid from August 17-28,
2012. Online interviews were conducted via the Ipsos I-Say Online
Panel, Ipsos Reid's national online panel with a sample of 1,001
Canadian parents of teenagers and 1000 teenagers. The results are based
on a sample where quota sampling and weighting are employed to balance
demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of
the actual Canadian population according to Census data. Quota samples
with weighting from the Ipsos online panel provide results that are
intended to approximate a probability sample. An unweighted,
probability sample of 1,001, with 100 per cent response rate would have
an estimated margin of error of ±3 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
About RBC Insurance
RBC Insurance®, through its operating entities, provides a wide range of
travel, life, health, home, auto, wealth and reinsurance products and
solutions, as well as creditor and business insurance services, to
individual and group clients. RBC Insurance has more than four million
clients globally. We are one of the largest Canadian bank-owned group
of insurance companies and among the fastest growing insurance
organizations in the country. RBC Insurance employs more than 3,200
employees around the globe, and is the brand name for the insurance
operating entities of Royal Bank of Canada.
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SOURCE: RBC Insurance
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