Experts say aggressive or impatient driving can rub off on youngsters, who may go on to mimic the behaviour as motorists themselves. The Kids in the Car campaign, backed by the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland, is reminding parents to pass on good habits.
According to retired police traffic sergeant and psychologist Bill Carcary, children are automatically programmed to mimic the actions of people who are important to them. Unfortunately young developing children do not have the skills to distinguish between good or bad driving habits and will reflect this behaviour in later life.
Parents will wrongly assume their children somehow remain unaffected by such behaviours as gesturing, shouting or simply speeding. To create better drivers for tomorrow we need to look at how we drive today.