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Survey shows moms make same poor driving choices as teenagers


A new survey released from American Baby and Safe Kids Worldwide showed exclusive results that expose dangerous driving habits that mothers with children under 2 years old make.

The survey, which polled nearly 2,400 moms, was featured in a special report titled Is Your Baby Safe on the Road? in the January issue of American Baby.

A majority of the mothers surveyed claim they're more cautious behind the wheel since having children, but the responses to the other survey questions say otherwise.

The unsafe habits include: driving while tired, using their phones, turning around to tend to the child and ignoring the posted speed limit.

"While we expect new moms to feel exhausted, we were shocked by their lack of focus while driving, especially when their baby or toddler is in the car," says Dana Points, editor-in-chief of American Baby. "The combination of fatigue and distraction is a perfect storm where safety is concerned. We hope that this report helps moms recognize and change their behavior behind the wheel."

Some interesting findings from the survey include:

  • 78 percent of moms talk on the phone while driving with their kids, a habit that is as dangerous as driving drunk.
  • 26 percent text or check email, which is twice as risky as drunk driving.
  • 75 percent of new moms say that they're more flustered in their daily lives since having kids.
  • Moms log an average of 5 hours and 20 minutes of consecutive sleep nightly, slowing their reaction time.
  • Two thirds of moms find it tough to concentrate on a single task, like driving.
  • 55 percent of moms admit to driving above the speed limit with their baby in the car when they're in a rush.
  • Nearly 10 percent of new moms have been in a crash while driving with their baby.
  • 64 percent of moms have turned around to tend to their child's needs while driving.
  • 77 percent of moms are more afraid of getting in an accident since having a baby.

"It's become part of our culture to not just drive, but to drive and do 20 other things," said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. "The problem is multi-tasking in the car can lead to tragedies. As a mother of three, I know there is nothing a mom wouldn't do to protect her child. This survey shows moms the little things they can change in their behavior to make a big difference in the safety of their children."

The survey was conducted online between July 12-19, 2012 among 2,396 United States mothers with children under2 years old.

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