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:
"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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