A survey of over 2,300 new mothers and their driving habits has revealed six mistakes that moms make behind the wheel.
63 percent of the new moms claimed that they’re more cautious behind the wheel since giving birth, but the stats suggest otherwise.
1. We Have Way Too Many Distractions
Nearly three quarters of us say we’re more flustered in our daily lives since having kids, and two thirds of moms find it tough to concentrate on a single task. That lack of focus carries over to the driver’s seat.
In fact, 98 percent of parents driving with a child report being preoccupied for nearly a third of the time they’re on the road, and on average, distracted driving causes 8,000 crashes a day.
2. We Don’t Keep Our Cellphone in the Backseat
78 percent of us talk on the phone while driving with our baby, and that 26 percent text or check email.
On expert said, “Research shows you’re four times more likely to have an accident when you talk on your cell, even hands-free.”
3. We Drive on Less Sleep Than Truck Drivers Do
The moms in the survey logged a consecutive 5 hours and 20 minutes of sleep a night- that’s an hour and a half less than the 6 hours and 50 minutes that the average trucker gets.
A lack of sleep drastically affects our driving, with slower reaction times and the risk of falling asleep behind the wheel.
4. New Moms’ Accident Rates Rival That of Teen Drivers
Nearly 10 percent of new moms in the poll have been in a crash while driving their baby. That is nearly three times higher than the rate among the general population.
In fact, 64 percent of you have turned around to tend to your tot’s needs while driving.
5. We’re Confused About Child Safety Seats
Fifty-eight percent of you find it difficult to install a child safety seat, and six in 10 moms haven’t had their baby’s child-safety seat checked by a child-passenger safety technician.
If used properly, a child-safety seat can reduce car deaths among infants by 71 percent, but three out of every four of these seats are not used correctly.
6. We Leave Our Babies Alone In The Car
Eight percent of us admit to leaving our toddlers unattended in the car to run a quick errand, yet the only acceptable number is zero.
In the car, a child’s body temperature can plummet fast on frigid days or quickly rise to unsafe, possibly deadly, levels on mild days.