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It’s official – mums are better than dads at driving, according to a poll of the nation’s kids.
A whopping 80 per cent of 1,000 youngsters, aged six to 16, said they felt happier and more relaxed with mum behind the wheel.
Kids said dads were too aggressive, drove too fast and lost their tempers quickly when in the driving seat.
But it emerged mums are less likely to let other road users or bad driving habits bother them and maintain a happy attitude throughout the journey.
The poll, carried out by Hyundai, also revealed four out of five children reckon mum’s driving is best despite her being more likely to stall the car or have trouble reversing.
Kids don’t like the fact that dads are impatient when driving – and 23 per cent are often scared when dad is getting an attack of road rage.
A worrying 81 per cent claim dad drives at high speeds, and 64 per cent say their dad regularly shouts at other drivers who annoy him.
In contrast, 64 per cent of children say mum happily chats non-stop whilst driving, and 67 per cent say when she’s not talking she’s singing to keep the family entertained.
Tom Barnard, spokesman for Hyundai said: ”Most men believe they are better drivers than their partners, and would naturally grab the car keys when setting off on a journey with the family.
”But the shocking truth is that many children dread dad driving. And they are not just scared of him driving too fast and being dangerous – the kids are also too frightened to say anything.
”The only time dads actually seem to come out on top is when it comes to parking. If Britain’s children had their way, Mum would drive for most of the journey and then swap with dad to get the car parked up.
”It’s not just the better driving which means kids prefer Mum behind the wheel – it seems she will go the extra mile to keep children entertained too. It appears that dads just ignore them and concentrate on getting through the traffic as fast as possible.”
Seventy eight per cent of worried kids say dad is the motorist most likely to weave in and out of the traffic or change lanes at speed to avoid getting stuck in a jam.
More than half of children also say dad has had more accidents than mum. But despite being calmer on the road, mum gets in a pickle with standard manoeuvres required for everyday driving.
A whopping 65 per cent of youngsters say mum is more likely to stall the car when trying to do a simple hill start or pull away from a junction.
Two thirds also say mum is incapable of reverse parking, weaving all over the place in a bid to park the car in the right spot.
And this often results in mum bumping the car into walls, lampposts and road signs – as 57 per cent of kids claim the car suffers more dings with mum in the driver’s seat.
Most men believe they are better drivers than their partners, and would naturally grab the car keys when setting off on a journey with the family.Tom Barnard, spokesman for Hyundai