Mums favoured over dads for teaching learners to drive

More mothers were teaching learners to drive than any other supervisor, according to research released today by RACQ.

More than 53 percent of learners surveyed said they were mainly supervised by their mums or step-mothers.

Fathers or step-fathers were the second most likely supervisor, with 43 percent of learners choosing to be taught by them for the majority of their required 100 hours of supervised driving.

RACQ's Lauren Ritchie said it was a timely reminder to both parents to brush up on their knowledge and skills before letting their child behind the wheel.

"Parents play a huge role in learning to drive and it may've been a while since you sat your driver licence test so it's important you're across any road rule changes or new techniques," Ms Ritchie said.

Who teaches your child how to drive?

This poll ended on 27 January 2016.

Current Results

Mum

57%

Dad

42%

The driving instructor

0%

I haven't had to think about that yet, thankfully

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"Learner drivers will pick up a lot about driving from you, so make sure you're setting a good example and not passing on bad habits."

Ms Ritchie said supervisors should encourage learners to drive as often as they could to gain the most experience.

"Learners are required to clock a minimum of 100 supervised hours, preferably in a range of road, traffic and weather conditions and including at least 10 hours of night time driving," she said.

Ms Ritchie encouraged parents and learners to take advantage of free professional instruction.

"Learners can sign up to the Keys2Drive program which offers learners and parents a one hour lesson from an accredited driving instructor," she said.

"It's a great way for parents to brush up on their skills and ensure they're passing on all the essential information to their learner driver."



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