Grandparents are safer drivers
Children may be safer in cars when their grandmothers and grandfathers drive them, much more then when their parents do, according to a U.S. study carried by local media. Fred Henretig is specialist in emergency medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a lead author of the study. He said that they were surprised when they found that the rate of injuries is much lower in collisions in which by the wheel were grandmothers or grandfathers.
Researchers analyzed data from a crash in 15 states involving a total of 12,000 children. The results showed that the risk of child injury was twice as low when the car drives were grandparents.
Reasons for such results are not clear, but researchers have two theories. Henretig said that perhaps grandparents are made more nervous about the task of driving with the precious cargo of their grandchildren and establish more cautious driving habits to compensate for any age-related challenges.
The second assumption is that parents often drive their children at the time of major traffic jams and rush to leave them in the kindergarten or school and then rush to their work, which increases the risk of collisions in which they will be injured. The study did not analyze who cause more accidents, grandmothers and grandfathers or parents, but only the result. The results were published in the journal Pediatrics.