Kids risking lives by copying parents behind wheel
YOUNG Queensland drivers are copying their parents bad road habits and putting lives at risk, a shocking new study has found.
The RACQ research shows more than half of young motorists are speeding or driving tired because their parents do it.
The Young Drivers Survey - to be released today - reveals more than a third of young drivers copied their parents by using their phones at traffic lights.
Following in the faulty footsteps of their mum and dad drivers, nearly a quarter used a mobile phone while driving.
RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said the "shocking" results demonstrated the importance of setting good habits for aspiring drivers.
"When parents break the rules and drive unsafely it clearly makes young drivers think they can get away with the same behaviour," she said.
"These are the people young drivers look up to which is why it's disappointing to see so many parents are setting these bad examples."
Alarmingly 15 per cent of young Queensland drivers ran red lights and 13.5 didn't wear seat belts after observing parents do the same thing.
Ms Hunter said young drivers were already an at risk group and "the last thing you want is to pass these kind of dangerous behaviours on to those young ones."
Other bad parental behaviours copied by their children behind the wheel included drink driving (4%), using social media (17%) and drinking some alcohol before driving (11%)
Ms Hunter said she believed most parents would be shocked by the survey's findings.
"Like speeding and fatigue, distraction one of the biggest killers on our roads, and it's disturbing novice drivers are copying these dangerous behaviours," she said.
"If you're distracted behind the wheel you're wielding a ton of metal blind, and that's not only putting yourself in danger, but everyone else on the road."
She urged parents to use the Federal Government's Keys2Drive program which gives young drivers and their parents one free driving lesson.