Tesco Cars is pleased to announce single-parent Sharon Appleyard, has won its inaugural ‘Parent Driver of the Year’ award – a nationwide competition to find the parent that goes above and beyond the call of duty in providing the ultimate ‘parent taxi’ service.   Winning the hearts and minds of the Tesco Cars judging panel, Sharon was shortlisted alongside three other finalists before being crowned the overall winner, receiving the £1,000 Tesco voucher prize.

    Sharon Appleyard - Tesco Cars Parent Driver of the Year

    Sharon was nominated by her daughter Amy, for giving up endless amounts of time in chauffeuring her and her two brothers to an extensive range of after-school clubs and weekend activities.

    Sharon said; ‘I was shocked to hear I had won Tesco Cars’ Parent Driver of the Year competition because all the finalists were equally deserving. It’s natural for parents to want the very best for their children and driving the distances I do gives my little ones those important opportunities to grow and develop as individuals.

    Ultimately it’s something I get pleasure from, but it’s obviously fantastic to be rewarded this way.   I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for me; my friends, family, the general public! Also a big thanks to my daughter Amy for nominating me and to Tesco Cars of course for making this Christmas a bit more special!”

    Rebecca Ryan, Marketing Manager of said; ‘We were overwhelmed by the hundreds of heartfelt and impassioned nominations we received for this competition. There are some truly wonderful mums, dads and even grandparents out there, but unfortunately there can only be one winner. Congratulations to Sharon and her family from all of us at Tesco Cars.”

    The Tesco Cars’ Parent Driver of the Year competition followed recent research that found thousands of parents are driving their children more than 200 miles a week, excluding the school run – almost a third of a London taxi driver’s weekly mileage. The extra mileage could potentially add around £1800 a year to the family fuel bill.

    The study showed on average parents make three trips per week, covering 50.2 miles to transport their children to various events and activities. Dads will drive their children 10 more miles per week on average than mums and parents in Wales recorded the highest average mileage, around 65 miles.   Ends

    According to the Licensed Taxi Driver Association (LTDA) the average London taxi driver will complete around 135 miles per day over a five day week. At current fuel prices, the additional mileage could add around £1800 a year to a family’s fuel bill.

    Based on an average family vehicle fuel economy of 35mpg, August 2011’s average fuel price of £6.16 a gallon and 200miles a week over 52 weeks =  £1760, rounded to £1800 to allow national fuel price fluctuations. Maintenance and depreciation not included.