Research shows parents fear children's driving

New research shows that two-fifths (41 per cent) of parents are terrified at the thought of their kids driving them around when they’re learning – despite admitting they’ve forgotten the Highway Code themselves (42 per cent).

What’s more, when it comes to the thought of teaching their child to drive, 11 per cent of mothers say they’d rather give birth again, while the same number of fathers would prefer to do a bungee jump.

The research, conducted by FlyResearch on behalf of Vauxhall Motors, also reveals that a quarter of parents have snapped at their kids while sitting in the instructor’s seat.

FlyResearch spoke to 1,000 parents and 1,000 of their children aged 6 to 17 in July 2017, looking into parent-child driving habits, perceptions and experiences.

The results revealed that, while 57 per cent of parents can’t wait for their kids to be able to drive, nearly the same amount (52 per cent) wouldn’t trust themselves as their instructor.

For parents who do take the instructor role, lessons have resulted in a dented car for nearly one-fifth (17.3 per cent) and a crash for over one in ten (13 per cent).

Seventy per cent of learners believe they’ll be a better driver than their parents when they pass their test. Yet over half of them (52 per cent) see the test as more stressful than school exams – and 45 per cent say it’s more stressful than a first date.

Denis Chick, Director of Communications at Vauxhall Motors, comments: “I wouldn’t go as far as to say I’ve had a meltdown teaching my kids to drive, but when it comes to learning, we definitely think it is wisest to leave it to the professionals. As the research has shown, it seems most parents agree. We want our kids to be safe on the road and the Young Driver courses are perfect for kids to experience being behind the wheel of a car before doing the real thing on the road.”

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