Distracted driving campaigns usually centre around eating, texting and talking behind the wheel — but what about your young passengers?
An Australian study says children may be taking your eyes off the road the most.
Pulling squabbling siblings apart, calming fussy babies and even picking up dropped toys are taking parents’ eyes away from the road, the study suggests.
According to the study, children are 12 times more distracting to drivers than cellphones, with the average parent taking their eyes off the road for three minutes and 22 seconds during a 16-minute trip.
The CAA said statistics in Ontario show children are four times more distracting.
680News asked Torontonians if they agree with the statistic.
“I have a 10-month-old at home. I could believe that,” one man said.
“I think it totally depends on the age of the kids. If they’re young, I can definitely buy that stat,” referring to the CAA’s Ontario statistic.
A spokeswoman with the CAA said it is all about planning.
“Pre-plan your trip so that you can minimize as many distractions as possible or help eliminate or plan for those distractions that may come up,” she said.
“Start teaching your children about the fact that you can’t always respond to everything — that mommy or daddy or whoever is driving and they need to focus on the road and it’s about being safe.”