Parental influence in driver education


Parents play a crucial and influential role in their children learning to drive. Their role is multi-layered and long-lasting and covers the learner (L-plate) phase, from the dangerous early years of solo driving through to the age of 21 and beyond. For many teenagers, gaining a driver's license is part of a socialisation process. They are making their own way in the world as young adults, breaking the shackles of parental influence, and forming new relationships and a sense of identity. Despite this, however, research shows that young people's levels of respect, consideration and openness to parental advice are higher than parents believe.

What is the purpose of this report?

Information on how parents teach their children to drive is limited, and there is still much to learn about their influence. Similarly, little is understood about how and when parents decide that their children are ready to drive. This report provides a brief overview of the role parents play in teaching, monitoring and influencing their learner-driver children. It also covers the following:

  • How parents can hinder their children's development and long-term safety as drivers
  • The methodology, results and conclusions from two pieces of qualitative and quantitative research, commissioned in 2018 by the Keys2drive program
  • How Keys2drive can help parents develop more effective supervisory skills and make a positive and ongoing contribution to the safety of their children.
To download the full report, click here. 

Keys2drive is an Australian Government-funded program providing learner drivers and their parents/supervisors a free driving lesson with a Keys2drive accredited professional driving instructor