According to a new study, children who ride with their grandparents are half as likely to be injured in an accident as those who ride with their parents. The news comes from research organized by Dr. Fred Henretig, an emergency medicine specialist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Henretig and his team poured through the State Farm data from insurance claims between 2003 and 2007 across 15 states. The research included information on over 12,000 children below the age of 15, and the study interviewed drivers involved in the accidents.

While older drivers are typically more prone to get into an automobile accident and may not always follow proper installation instructions on child booster seats, younger passengers are still less likely to be injured in an accident with their grandparents. The researchers aren't entirely sure why this is, though Henretig says that it may have something to do with the fact that grandparents are more careful drivers with their grandchildren in the vehicle.


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      Robert Fahey
      • 4 Years Ago
      They're less likely to fiddle with the radio, use a cell phone, eat fries and hurry for no reason.
        Kghd
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Robert Fahey
        or put some "maskera" or "maskara" or whatever that sh*t is.
      A3_Rob
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't tell from the article, but if they are simply using claims data, the finding is kind of meaningless. More kids are traveling with their parents than with their grandparents so there will be more raw claims for kids with parents even if Grandparents are getting in more accidents. What you need to know is the claims per mile driven or something like this to make a true statement. There is no way that the State Farm data would be able to be weighted based on this. I don't know how you could get this from the interviews either as you need to know about all of the people that didn't get in accidents to make such a claim.
      MarylandBill
      • 4 Years Ago
      Have they corrected for the vehicles driven? After all, the grandparents are probably more likely to be driving large cars, and very possibly higher end cars than the cars their children drive.
      A B
      • 4 Years Ago
      Could it be that kids spend significantly less time with their grandparents than with their parents? If a kid spends 6 days driving with their parents and 1 day driving with their grandparents, of course they are statistically safer driving with their grandparents. If you look at it that way, the study really has no relevance. It's really astounding that the journalist who wrote this story wouldn't think to address this issue, even to mention it.
      goetzcr
      • 4 Years Ago
      My guess is that parents are always driving their kids around so it's routine. With grandparents its more of a special situation, so they drive like they're transporting something fragile.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      Critter
      • 4 Years Ago
      These "findings" remind me of that South Park episode "Grey Dawn" where he only safe place from rampant "oh, wait that's not the brake" elder-ado carnage was INSIDE the cars they were driving. LOL
      Paul
      • 4 Years Ago
      Grandparents also are more likely to be driving on local surface streets and fewer highway miles.
      Ducman69
      • 4 Years Ago
      They are safer, because grandma can't crash into you if you're in the car with her. Buckle up kids.
      TG
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is because the kids are afraid for their lives and instead of carrying on and fighting with each other they are carefully watching the road to make sure the grandparent doesn't miss anything.
      gl0ryhol3
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's hard to get injured when you're going half the speed limit...
      RocketRed
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am frankly terrified at the thought of my father in law driving my daughter as sometimes happens. He is a dear man, but sometimes leaves the car door wide open when he gets home because he just forgets stuff like that. But then again, if you count up accidents, serious curb-strikes, and tickets; the old guy is beating me and my wife handily on that score.
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