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    Default The most dangerous thing in your car might be your kids

    I caught a lot of heat a year or so ago when I said I essentially ignore my kids in the car because they are too distracting. A new Australian study has concluded that having kids in the car is 12 times more distracting than talking on a cell phone. The researchers studied what they called "eyes-off-the-road time," and found that most parents shifted their attention to the kids for more than three minutes of the tested 16-minute road trips. Read the full article here:
    One of the Worst Driving Distractions on the Road: Your Kids - ABC News

    I seem to recall that a lot of you on that other debate admitted that your kids are a distraction when you're driving. Children are the third-most common cause of car accidents in America, right behind cell phones & intoxication. Will this new information prompt you to change your ways?
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    Im not sure what 'ways I need to change'. Not reaching behind you, and not adjusting your mirror to see the kids is completely different then ignoring them. Nowhere in that article did it suggest not speaking to your children or 'ignoring' them as a solution to being distracted. Probably because many of us find a crying baby or fighting children distracting weather we are talking to them or not.
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    I remember that debate! I will admit that I have thought about that debate several times while driving my kids since then.

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    I tried to strap them to the roof rack but that didn't go over very well with the neighbours (or the kids for that matter), so now I just ask them to pipe down and quit bugging me while I'm driving. Works well enough.

    In all seriousness, I have been very stern with the kids about not talking to me and otherwise distracting me while driving. They get it. Mom's driving so I'm not talking.
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    I don't remember that debate, could you link to it or elaborate what you mean by "change your ways".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    I don't remember that debate, could you link to it or elaborate what you mean by "change your ways".
    Melis, that might've been during your hip hiatus. I do remember that debate so since you don't remember (which like never happens) I think you weren't around for it.

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    Read the report, still not "changing my ways" The only time kids ever put in a position that may cause an accident was the other day when a teenager blew a stop sign. I was able to not hit them despite 2 of my kids arguing about what color the easter bunny is, one complaining about the 2 arguing and 1 telling me a long complicated story about 11 year old girl drama.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ftmom View Post
    Nowhere in that article did it suggest not speaking to your children or 'ignoring' them as a solution to being distracted.
    But it does say that parents should set car rules so that kids know what to expect. "Mommy will not answer every single question you ask," should be one of those rules IMHO, and so should, "Mommy will not hand you anything unless the car is stopped." I think most kids (aside from small babies) are distracting not because they're kids, but because their parents don't set the expectation that they should not be distracting, kwim? My job is to drive and the kids need to let me do that job safely, and I enforce that by not getting involved in most of their interactions & discussions & requests.

    ETA: we're talking about over 20% (3.37/16=21.06%) of your "driving" time being distracted. How is that acceptable?
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    [QUOTE=Spacers;9063170]But it does say that parents should set car rules so that kids know what to expect. "Mommy will not answer every single question you ask," should be one of those rules IMHO, and so should, "Mommy will not hand you anything unless the car is stopped." I think most kids (aside from small babies) are distracting not because they're kids, but because their parents don't set the expectation that they should not be distracting, kwim? My job is to drive and the kids need

    Oh, yeah, things like that are just rules for our life, not just car rules. My kids know patience and that they don't run the world all the time, that translates over to the car. I never hand them ANYTHING in the car as we don't drink or eat in the car and they don't have gadgets/electronics, so that is simple too. They know that we have a no shouting rule indoors, the car is considered indoors. Nothing special there either.

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    I found it, it was the NTSB advocating for a ban on all cell phone use in cars, including hands free.

    http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/face-off-debate-arena-205/ntsb-ban-all-behind-wheel-cell-phone-use-even-hands-free-685629/
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