Kids' verdict on parents' driving skills – and the results are surprising

Children think dad is a better driver than mum – but believe he goes too fast and suffers the most road rage.

A study of 1,000 children aged from six to 16 whose parents both drive found 43 per cent named dad as the ‘best’ behind the wheel, while only 29 per cent opted for mum.

Almost two thirds claim their dad drives the fastest while 42 per cent think he experiences the most road rage.

The research also found dads win at all driving techniques, including being best at both reverse and parallel parking, hill starts and three-point turns.

Children also think their dad is more successful than mum at switching lanes on a motorway and parking in tight spaces.

And two thirds said their old man is better at changing a tyre compared to just eight per cent who favoured their mother.

Dads were found to be most strict when driving, with the top in-car rules including no arguing (36 per cent), no wrappers or rubbish to be left in the vehicle (48 per cent) and no shoes on the seats (41 per cent).



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On the other hand, mums were typically found to be more talkative while in the driving seat.

Despite this, 35 per cent of youngsters prefer being in the car with their mum, naming her as the parent most likely to join in with car games while on a journey.

Unfortunately for women, 46 per cent of children also said their mum is most likely to bump the vehicle on a kerb or another car, compared to just a sixth who believe their dad would do this.

Half of the respondents also claimed their mum is more susceptible to getting lost and having to ask for directions.

Tiffany Wilcox, from carmaker MG, which commissioned the research, said: “The results paint an interesting picture of family car journeys and how kids see their parents.

“It’s amusing to have an insight into children’s views of their parents’ driving habits and clearly the results show dad wins when it comes to driving but mum is more fun to be with in the car.”

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