According to research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the risk of injury to children in car crashes was 50% lower when grandparents were behind the wheel.
“It was the exact opposite of what we expected to find,” says Fred Henretig, lead author of the study and a staff physician in the emergency department at the hospital. “(Why) is the million-dollar question.”
Henretig speculates that the reason might be quite simple: “Grandparents, when they have the opportunity to interact with their grandchildren find that to be the primary focus of their time together,” he says. “They’re perhaps not as distracted by trying to do a million errands, or get the dinner on the table, or wonder about their response to the latest e-mail.”
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