Baby Driver – Driving Habits of First Time Parents

Baby Driver – Driving Habits of First Time Parents

I have been driving for over 10 years now and I can say that I am very confident driver. But when it comes to driving with babies in the car, I always get nervous and worried, what if something happens, what if I get lost or what if there is a bad traffic and I can not get away! All these kinds of thoughts comes into my mind so I try to not be alone with kids in the car. I always take at least one family member with me, or otherwise I do not drive with them in the car.

All Car Leasing has done a study ‘Baby Driver’ where they have surveyed 1,200 parents who are able to drive and have had a baby in the last 5 years to try and shed some light on driving habits when babies and young children are involved.

Habits of first-time parents

Key points:

  • The biggest worry is getting lost with a baby in the car
  • First-time parents need more time than repeat parents to get back on the road
  • 2 in 3 first time parents will purchase a new car before, during or just after having a baby
  • Reliability and safety most desirable feature of a new car

Driving frequency and purpose

Key points:

  • Older parents are quicker to get back on the road but drive less than younger parents
  • Parents from central England are the most confident drivers with babies
  • Northern Irish parents are the most apprehensive to get back on the road following a birth
  • Shopping is the most common reason parents drive with their baby in the car
  • 42% of all respondents said they drove specifically to soothe a baby with no destination in mind

Driving worries

Key points:

  • Other drivers are the biggest worry of driving parents
  • Women are twice more likely as men to be worried about getting lost
  • Older drivers were a lot less worried about driving with a baby in the car
  • Drivers from central or north UK most worried about other drivers whereas drivers from the south were most worried about their own ability

The Journey

Key points:

  • Standard car seats are the most popular but ISOFIX gains popularity with older parents
  • 37% of parents aged 25-34 have been in an accident while the baby was in the car
  • 89% of parents use some form of distraction during the journey
  • Scottish parents the most chatty with northern parents most musical

Purchasing habits

Key points:

  • 66% of new parents will purchase a new car for the baby
  • Men were the most common decision makers in a relationship
  • Joint decisions happened 40% of the time
  • First time parents (31%) favour reliability, second time parents do not (7%)
  • Safety is important for all parents regardless of demographics

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According to All Car Leasing, the main decision makers in terms of getting a new car are – 21% were single mothers 16% were single fathers, 31% of women were the main decision maker and had a partner and only 16% of males said they were the main decision maker in a relationship. Joint decisions were made 40% of the time. Of respondents in a relationship, 34% of men said they made the decisions whereas 21% of females said they did in the same question.

Here are the points that I think personally applies to me:

  • First-time parents need more time than repeat parents to get back on the road
  • Reliability and safety most desirable feature of a new car
  • Other drivers are the biggest worry of driving parents
  • I have not purchased a new car specifically for the baby
  • Safety is important for all parents regardless of demographics
  • I never ever use a mobile phone when I drive and it is always on silence.

This study says a lot about parents driving habits, I drive everywhere with my children because I do not feel comfortable using public transport, but as I said, I do need to have someone with me to help me with kids in case they need something. Please, just try not to be alone with kids in the car, especially if you are taking long journeys.

So, what are your driving habits? did you buy a new car or upgraded it because of a new baby? Are you chatty when driving? I can not wait to hear your thoughts.

Thank you for reading!

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