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Caution at the wheel


Speeding, speeding, alcohol consumption ... many parents admit that they have not had exemplary behavior when their child was in the car. In an attempt to reduce these risky behaviors, the association Insureurs Prévention reminds the good behavior to take.

35% of parents have already exceeded authorized speeds

  • 50 km / hour in the city, 130 km / hour on highway .... More than a third of parents admit to having already exceeded these speed limits when they were accompanied by their child. For 54% of them, it is above all inattention while 44% find these limitations too low. Remember however that one accident in five is linked to exceeding the speed limit.

27% do not take enough breaks at the wheel

  • During a long journey, 27% of parents confess having already driven more than 2 or 3 hours without stopping contrary to the recommended safety rules, mainly because they did not feel the need but also because they are eager to arrive (32%). Almost 30% also refrain from taking a break to enjoy the fact that their children are asleep.
  • Dangerous behavior when we know that one in three accidents is caused by falling asleep. If you have to take the road for a long journey, it is imperative for your safety, that of your family and that of other drivers to take a break every two hours. Be particularly attentive after lunch, because digestion favors falling asleep, and at night between 2 and 5 o'clock.
  • Other risk behaviors reported by the study: driving after consuming at least 2 glasses of alcohol for 7% of parents (80% return to driving because they feel able to do so and 50% because the journey is short) but also mobile phone use for 17% of them.

In the street too!

  • If parents are not always exemplary behind the wheelin the street, it's not always that either. 40% of them admit having already crossed outside pedestrian crossings with their children.

Stéphanie Letellier