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Study: Kids Safer With Grandparents Driving

Posted on 06/02/2013

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia did a study involving claims from the State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. and children from 15 different states and D.C. from 2003 to 2007, they compared injury rates of children 15 and younger, figured out if a parent or grandparent was driving, the severity of the crash, the use of seat belts and car seats. It found that a parent was 90% of the time and a grandparent 10% and grandparents had only 6.6% injury rate and parents had 93.4% injury rate.

The study finds that grandparents drive more cautiously and take extra precautions like driving in the right hand lane, going the posted speed limit, and obeying other traffic laws than they do when the grandkids aren’t in the car. Parents were more likely to use the proper restraints for their children by 80%.