THEY are traditionally accused of being the cause of accidents due to poorer reactions and dodgy eyesight.

But research has found that children are safer being driven by their grandparents than by mum and dad.

A child’s risk of injury was found to be a staggering 50 per cent lower when in the car with grandad.

The study, by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the US, analysed insurance claims for car crashes in 15 US states over a four-year period involving 12,000 children under 15.

Researchers found that grandparents often drove more carefully to protect their ‘precious cargo’.

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