The vibes I receive are that the parents believe their precious little ones are at a greater risk of injury when PopPop is behind the wheel instead of them. They provide me with more driving advice than I care to or can remember. Not only have I been driving twice as long as they have, unlike some parents I know, but since I don't know how to text, I don't text while driving.

Although I try to view medical research in an objective manner, I must admit I do enjoy reading articles that agree with my point of view. Here is an example.


I am one of the old breed who still wears the time honored white coat when seeing patients. Therefore, I was very interested in an article that asked parents and children if they would rather the child's doctor wore a white coat.


I thought it was an excellent article, perhaps mainly because the results showed that the majority of parents and children preferred that their child's doctor wear a white coat, which I do.


Another example is a recent article about grandparents, a union to which I am a member in good standing. I believe many grandparents experience the same "vibes" I receive when I am about to chauffeur my grandchildren to one of their many activities.


The vibes I receive are that the parents believe their precious little ones are at a greater risk of injury when PopPop is behind the wheel instead of them. They provide me with more driving advice than I care to or can remember. Not only have I been driving twice as long as they have, unlike some parents I know, but since I don't know how to text, I don't text while driving.


With that as background, you can imagine how delighted I was when I read the results of a recent research article titled: "Grandparents driving grandchildren: An evaluation of child passenger safety and injuries."


Bingo! Let's get right to the results of the study.


Children in cars driven by grandparents that were involved in accidents had a 50 percent less risk of being injured compared with children in cars in accidents driven by parents.


This is despite of the finding that grandparents did not always use the best child restraint methods. I can relate to that –– you have to be an engineer to properly install some of the present-day car seats.


Here’s my unscientific reason for the decrease in risk of injury: When grandparents are driving their grandchildren, they are more cautious, more focused and pay more attention to their driving.


For many parents, having the kids in the backseat is a routine part of their day. They may multitask, think about all of the things they need to do and are not as focused on their driving.


But whatever the reason, I keep a copy of the article in my car, just waiting to hear another lecture about my driving skills, or lack thereof.


Dr. Murray Feingold is the physician in chief of The Feingold Center for Children, medical editor of WBZ-TV and WBZ radio, and president of the Genesis Fund. The Genesis Fund is a nonprofit organization that funds the care of children born with birth defects, mental retardation and genetic diseases.