Aussies Drive More Carefully With Pavlova In The Car Than With Kids, Research Says
If you grew up with protective parents then chances are they would have, at one point, reached across the car to stop you moving forward if they hit the brakes hard.
Parents constantly worry about the safety of their kids inside their car and what would happen in an accident.
In fact, research from NRMA, published by the Herald Sun, has revealed that half of people surveyed reckon they drive more carefully when they have children in the car.
As a comparison point (just for kicks) only 12 per cent of motorists drove with caution when they had something delicate like a pavlova.
Oh, the legendary pavlova - the meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova that Australians and New Zealanders know and love well.
Interestingly, the NRMA wanted to put these figures to the test and chucked people in two scenarios: driving with kids and driving with a pavlova.
Lo and behold, a whopping 95 per cent of drivers were a hell of lot more chilled on the roads with the beautiful, delicious dessert.
Consumer Psychologist Dr Adrian Camilleri told News Corp: "These drivers had a cake in the car, it's a bit out of the ordinary and it is likely to snap people out of an autopilot mode.
"When people first learn to drive, it's a skill that requires a lot of attention, but as we become more experienced we go into autopilot.
"We form habits and driving with children to and from work or home can be part of that."
These drivers were better at acceleration, braking and taking corners when they had the fragile meringue in the back or front seat. They also used their phones less while they were behind the wheel and 20 per cent were better with their speed.
So the next time you're getting in your car, pretend your little kid is a dessert that's destined for a family lunch because it's likely you'll be better on the road.
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