Driving with your kids requires safety, but apparently, the most attention is required when transporting pavlova.

When you drive, it can be nerve-wracking. Especially if there’s precious cargo aboard. With that said, how people assess the importance of their driving seems to vary with different passengers.

A study quizzed Australians on their driving abilities. YouGov Galaxy and NRMA Insurance conducted a survey with over a thousand Australians to investigate their motoring skills.

The survey found out fascinating trends, and a follow-up test found concerning regard for pavlova.

What the survey found

The questionnaire found that 77 percent of men and 65 percent of women considered themselves to be good drivers. Overall, this meant that 72 percent of drivers saw their ability as ‘above average.’

In terms of bad habits, the survey found that 27 percent of people eat while driving and 19 percent will check their phones while they wait in traffic. Perhaps the most shocking finding was that 18 percent of people looked at the screen of their phone while they drove.

In this survey, half of the drivers claimed that they drive more carefully with their children in the car.

Conversely, only 12 percent of those surveyed stated that a pavlova would make them drive in a safer manner.

However, the test had a practical component that has drawn these statistics into question.

The test

Twenty parents were asked to drive with pavlova, their children, and by themselves. Safe to say, the statistics uncovered were surprising.

95 percent of those who transported the pavlova improved their driving skills when compared to their driving display with a child and when they were by themselves.

Additionally, 65 percent showed improvement in how they accelerated with pavlova present. Moreover, 60 percent managed to be more cautious when breaking.

Over half of people also cornered better with the inclusion of the pavlova.

Finally, the test also found that 45 percent of drivers recorded a decline in their phone use. Similarly, 20 percent improved their speed control.

Going forward

While it’s tempting to simply conclude that a pavlova is a secret to better driving, there has been professional insight added to the data.

Consumer Psychologist Dr Adrian Camilleri told News Corp Australia why the pavlova may have been responsible for the better driving.

Camilleri explained:

‘We form habits and driving with children to and from work or home can be part of that.’

These habits can lead to poorer driving performances. However, a new factor like a pavlova will make drivers focus more in an attempt to handle the new variable.

The results of this study support the theory presented by Camilleri. Although some may want to re-evaluate how they drive with children aboard.

Furthermore, if you are worried about someone’s driving, it may be an idea to give them a pavlova to travel with.

Would a pavlova help your driving?

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