Are We Raising A New Generation Of Angry Drivers?

Parents could be breeding a new generation of "road ragers" by setting a bad example in front of their children.

According to the latest figures 87 per cent of motorists have admitted to being victims of road rage at least once in their driving careers but more shockingly mums and dads regularly lose their temper and swear at other motorists when their children are in the car.

Psychologists believe road rage, which is child-like behaviour can be transmitted to children easily and children learn from adults and copy their behaviour when they grow up.

Instead of learning lessons from their parents and growing up to become excellent drivers children are more likely to imitate their parents behaviour and turn into monsters behind the wheel themselves.

The DIAmond Advanced Motorist Organisation believes this worrying problem could be conquered if people were more fully equipped with the skills and attitudes needed to drive on today’s roads.

By gaining further training after passing the current L-test motorists will feel more equipped with the skills needed to drive on our roads, making them less likely to lose their temper behind the wheel.

DIAmond Advanced Motorist General Manager Eddie Barnaville said: "As parents we must be aware of the damage we are doing to potential young drivers of the future, and make sure we pass on the safer and finer points of driving."

Pass Plus and the DIAmond Advanced Motorists Test are courses designed to give drivers a guiding hand through situations that may not have been covered in the car before the test.

The courses cover modules in town driving, all weather driving, hazard perception, night driving, driving on dual carriageways and driving safely on motorways.

1 February 2006 Staff
 

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