Research Shows Dads Are Better Drivers Than Mums, According To Kids

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16th November 2012 13:08 - Automotive

A recent study conducted by the RAC, which asked 1,000 children aged between five and seven, has shown that children feel dads are better drivers than mums, although the race was very closely ran. 

Fathers gained 51% of the vote of children, with mothers finishing narrowly behind with 45%. The remainder of the votes were shared between other family members, such as older siblings and grandparents. 

The youngsters who were surveyed also revealed the bad habits of their parents when driving. Topping the poll was listening to terrible music (43%), which in turn led to singing out of key or too loudly (34%). Getting road rage was the third most common bad habit, gaining one fifth of the votes. Children also revealed that mothers were 20% more likely to use bad language towards other motorists. 

Dads reasserted their position of 'better drivers' by gaining 58% of the votes in the 'best at parking' category, with mums lagging behind with 36%. 

The favourite destination of children was Grandma and Granddad's house, with 20% saying it was top of their list. Unsurprisingly, children voted 'eating sweets' as the best thing about long car journeys. 

There was some good news for mothers in the poll though, as they out-gunned fathers by almost a two to one ratio when children answered who was the most fun in the car. 

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