According to a survey conducted by breakdown cover company, GEM Motoring Assist, children across the UK prefer mum’s driving and admit that dads drive too fast, are more aggressive, and lose their tempers quicker when in the driving seat.
With Mother’s Day this weekend, there is even more reason to treat our mums, as the GEM survey reveals that, not only does ‘mum know best’, mum drives best too. A massive 60 per cent of children in the UK, aged five to 16, said they are happier and more relaxed when mum is driving.
The survey, which polled just under 1,300 children, reveals that mums are more considerate to other motorists, are less likely to suffer from road rage, and do not weave impatiently in and out of traffic. However, children did admit that mum is more likely to stall the car, and get in a pickle over basic manoeuvres, such as parking.
Despite this, the research shows that mum still gets the thumbs up as the person they would prefer to drive them to school, or to friends’ houses, and with seven out of ten children saying mum happily sings her heart out while driving, it’s no wonder they have a calmer journey when mum is behind the wheel. Plus, according to the survey, mums have nicer cars too.
David Williams MBE, CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, comments: “We think Mother’s Day is the perfect time to release these lovely facts about ‘mummy motorists’. It is clear from the results that a sensitive and relaxed driver has the most calming effect on young passengers.”
More than half responded that mums talk non-stop to keep the family entertained in the car. Whereas, it seems dads are more interested in getting from A to B as quickly as possible, with 55 per cent more likely to have an accident than mums.
David continues: “It is important that children do not see their parents driving too fast or too aggressively, as this could have a long term effect on what they see as ‘the norm’. There is a general belief that kids exposed to poor driving could mean that they copy this action when they start to drive themselves.
“Wherever you’re going, always allow plenty of time for your journey so you don’t have to rush. It is important to make your kids feel safe in the car and, more importantly, it is vital your children are safe in the car. Not sticking to the rules and driving too fast puts your kids in a dangerous situation and could result in a serious accident,” David concludes.
Top five things kids like about mum’s driving:
- Talks to keep the children entertained
- Sings at the wheel
- Drives at a reasonable speed
- Is considerate towards other motorists
- Has a nicer car