Are grandparents safer drivers than mom and dad? - KMOV.com

Are grandparents safer drivers than mom and dad?

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CHICAGO (AP) -- A new study shows kids may be safest in cars when grandma or grandpa are driving instead of mom or dad.

Previous evidence indicates that car crashes are more common in older drivers. The study looked at injuries rather than who had more crashes, and found that children's risk for injury was 50 percent lower when riding with grandparents than with parents.

The results are from an analysis of State Farm insurance claims for 2003-07 car crashes in 15 states, and interviews with the drivers. The data involved nearly 12,000 children up to age 15.

Dr. Fred Henretig, an emergency medicine specialist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the study's lead author, says they were surprised by the study's results. The study was released online Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

American Academy of Pediatrics car seat recommendations: http://bit.ly/rqmKhT

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