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Parents spend 197 days driving their kids around

Date: 06/06/2014 14:24:31
Category: Vehicle
Author: Laura Varley

Across their entire lifetime, parents spend an average of 197 days driving their kids around, from school to friends' houses, a new survey from Goodyear reveals.

According to dailymail.co.uk, by the time their children turn 20, parents will have clocked up 26,741 miles behind the wheel. This means that they drive more than 30 miles a week acting as a taxi for their children; which will take up arou nd three hours and 40 minutes of their time.

Parents don't waste the time they get to spend with their children though; some 60.1 per cent use these opportunities to ask their kids what they got up to during the day. Another 49.6 per cent try to find out more about what they're learning at school and 24.8 per cent use the time to ask their children more about their current boyfriend or girlfriend.

The majority of parents (49.3 per cent) prefer to drive their children around because they feel it is the safest option. Just under a quarter (24.3 per cent) say that their children would be late for school in the mornings if they did not drive them, re portsrac.co.uk.

Kate Rock, Goodyear Driving Academy spokeswoman, explains there are other ways in which parents can get the most out of the vast amount of time spent ferrying their kids around.

"Playing taxi to your children is often a thankless task and one many parents just see as a means to an end," she says. "However, we are on a mission to encourage parents to seize the opportunity the regular time in the car presents to educate children about road safety from an early age. This has been proven to reduce young drive road accidents."

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