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September 16, 2011

AXA: bad driving habits partly hereditary

by Richard Kilner

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AXA: bad driving habits partly hereditary

The bad behaviour of some young drivers can be attributed, at least in part, to the driving style of their parents, research from AXA suggests.

Drivers aged 18-30 are thrice more likely to have points on their licence or a ban if their parents have points or a ban.

Younger drivers who have seen their parents drink driving are seven times more likely to engage in such foolish behaviour themselves, with 28% of those with parents who drink drive following the example of their parents.

Aggressive behaviour, such as flashing, hammering the horn or swearing, is 50% more likely amongst the children of those who behave thusly.

Robin Reames, chief claims officer at AXA car insurance, said that although a heavy parental influence seems obvious many would be shocked to see the impact their bad habits were having on their children.

Young drivers are often demonised as driving poorly, but in August almost than nine out of 10 with The Co-operative’s Young Driver insurance found themselves financially rewarded for driving safely.

 

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