NO MUM: Jesse Gibson gets some driving tips from his mother Danielle Gibson. The RACQ argues that some parents are passing on their bad habits to their children.
NO MUM: Jesse Gibson gets some driving tips from his mother Danielle Gibson. The RACQ argues that some parents are passing on their bad habits to their children. John Mccutcheon

What bad habits are you teaching your child when driving?

WHAT bad habits are you teaching your child behind the wheel?

That is the question the RACQ is asking Sunshine Coast parents.

The group is urging parents who are responsible for learner drivers to have refresher courses in road skills and basic rules.

It argued that human error accounted for 70% of crashes and that many older drivers had forgotten rules, or rules had changed, since they got their licence.

Peregian Springs mother Danielle Gibson said she was surprised how much she learnt while her son Jesse, 17, was going for his licence.

"The first lesson that Jesse had with an instructor, my dad went with him. Dad said it was fantastic and everyone should do it," she said.

"He said 'I'm surprised how much the rules have changed'.

"What I've noticed is that if I'm driving with my son, he'll tell me if I didn't do something correctly, like going through a roundabout."

Harry Pope, owner of Buderim-based Harry's Easy Driver Training, said he had noticed that many young drivers learnt bad habits from their parents.

He said many young drivers had small problems with their driving technique, such as vehicle control and use of the clutch, when they came to him for their first lesson.

"I think if kids are taught the right thing, it sticks with them," he said.

"They may get into bad habits, and you might be able to get them out of it, but then when they go for their test and it becomes uncomfortable, it comes out again.

"Once they learn to drive a certain way it can be hard to re-learn everything."



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