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Driving Mistakes Every Parent Makes

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

Every time you get into the car, you buckle your child and yourself up to make sure you are safe on the road. But then there is a good chance in the next five minutes, you may make a common driving mistake that could endanger you and your child.

Pediatrician Dr. Sue Hubbard, co-host of The Kid’s Doctor radio show says the most common mistake a parent makes is talking on the cell phone. “It’s a huge mistake for multiple reasons, one of which we should spend that time talking to our kids instead of being on the phone.” Talking on the cell phone slows down reaction times. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that driver distraction from all sources contributes to 25 percent of all police-reported traffic crashes.

Dr. Hubbard says another distraction for drivers is the use of TVs in the backseat. While parents may not be watching what is on the screen, they can still distract the driver. “I’m a big believer in no TV in the car, except for special occasions like driving to the Grand Canyon,” she says.

Another common mistake parents make is snacking in the car or turning partially around to hand food to your child in the backseat. Overall, Dr. Hubbard recommends keeping your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and using the time in the car to have a conversation with your child about school, family and friends.

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