Mums more likely to teach kids how to drive

MUM'S the word when it comes to learning to drive.

A RACQ survey reveals Queensland learner drivers are more likely to be taught by their mothers than their fathers.

The state's key motoring group found 54% of new drivers were taught by their mums. It doesn't matter what the gender of the teacher is because patience is the most important factor.

The researcher also discovered learner drivers were often bamboozled by give way rules and when to indicate on roundabouts.

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said patience was the key to being a good supervisor.

"It doesn't matter whether you're a mum or dad, being a supervisor requires patience, a level head and clear understanding of the road rules," Ms Ritchie said.

"It's likely to have been quite some time since parents sat their driver exam so they may need to brush up on their road rules."

Ms Ritchie said the research also found learner drivers struggled most with learning give way rules and indicating on roundabouts.



THE RACQ's tips for being a better driving teacher.

Don't pass on bad habits - make sure you're teaching the correct rules

Don't get stressed out or yell - stay calm and keep instructions simple

Don't fight for control - don't grab the wheel to correct them

Don't be too busy - make time to practise driving with your son/daughter

Don't throw them in the deep end - start with the basics before more difficult manoeuvres.

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