Grandchildren Are Safe In The Car With Grandparents

July 18, 2011 Updated Jul 18, 2011 at 10:04 PM EDT

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Grandchildren Are Safe In The Car With Grandparents

July 18, 2011 Updated Jul 18, 2011 at 10:04 PM EDT


(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) More grandparents are being called upon to babysit and drive their grandchildren from place to place.

Typically, they're in an older age group that has a higher risk of severe crashes, but a new study finds children are actually safer in a crash when a grandma or grandpa is behind the wheel, whether the child is properly restrained or not.

Researchers with the Center for Injury Research and Prevention examined five years worth of crash data, including more than 200-thousand children.

Nearly all children were reported to be restrained at the time of the crash, but children in grandparent-driven vehicles were less likely to be properly restrained.

Despite this, children in grandparent-driven crashes had half the risk of injuries as those in parent-driven crashes.

Researchers say grandparents are more likely safer drivers, who take fewer risks. They say there would be even fewer injuries if grandparents followed current child restraint guidelines.

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