Here’s one more reason why grandparents rock – according to a new study, it’s safer for kids to ride with grandparents than it is with their own parents.
Researched under the supervision of Dr. Fred Henretig, a physician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, this study found that grandparents were safer drivers than parents. This is especially true in the case of injuries sustained in car accidents – the study shows that a child being injured in an auto accident were 50 percent less when a grandparent was driving.
“More of the baby boomers are coming into grandparenthood now, and this important group of drivers of young children hadn’t really been looked at critically,” said Dr. Henretig. “Grandparents were a little bit less up-to-date on child restraints, but we discovered that the injury rate was lower in grandparent driver crashes.”
When the study started, researchers believed that because of older vehicles and newly adopted safety measures, kids wouldn’t be as safe while driving with their grandparents. Now, imagine what would happen if grandparents could be current on child restraints – kids would be even safer while driving with them. As it stands now, about three out of every four grandparents were using “optimal” child restraints.