GRIFFITH parents have been put on notice to learn the road rules before letting their children get behind the wheel.
Shocking new figures revealed 97 per cent of people who supervise learner drivers failed the learners licence test.
Just as concerning was 96 per cent of the 600 participants were confident in their teaching methods before they sat the test, according to the NRMA.
Local driving instructor Bruce Staines said driving tests were far more strict on today’s learners than when their parents were in the same position.
“No parent would pass on bad habits on purpose but back when mum and dad got their licences from the local police station the rules were much more lenient,” Mr Staines said.
“Ninety per cent of the kids I instruct have bad habits, particularly in regards to hand position on the steering wheel, indicating sequence for roundabouts and head checks for blind spots.
“I realise it’s expensive for parents to send their kids to professional driving lessons but the rules are designed to save lives and the kids need to learn the correct techniques.”
Local mother Lisa Croce said she recognised the driving test was harder than when she got her licence but thought that was for the best.
“I realise when teaching my daughters how to drive I have passed on some bad habits which is why I make sure they see a driving instructor at least four times before sitting the test,” Mrs Croce said.
“I am sure that if I had to get my licence again now I would need lessons myself.
“The tests are a lot tougher now but I think that’s a good thing because they are forced to learn the right way.”