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New research has found that the average parent spends as much as 286 hours per year driving their kids around, which equates to almost 2 months of working days. Vauxhall Motors has worked out that if those journeys were on a meter, parents could be earning as much as 9.8k a year.
The survey, which polled 2,000 parents on behalf of Vauxhall Motors, found that parents could be enjoying a road trip to sunny Lisbon for the equivalent of the average 1,283 annual miles they drive their kids about.
Furthermore, parents are not just providing a taxi service, the survey has found that parents are also spending an average of two working days per year simply waiting for their children in cars.
On a brighter note, some parents have admitted they use the car journeys to spend some quality time with their kids. For example, almost half of parents (49%) said they used car journeys to have a laugh with their kids, while two fifths (44%) said they enjoyed the bonding time that it offered.
Some parents (33%) even said that the time they spent in their car with their children replaced the quality time they would not be able to get elsewhere, after all, nobody can go anywhere so it is often a good chance for parents to broach subjects they might need to discuss with their kids, learn homework or simply catch up.
Research revealed that car journeys are also viewed as a great way for parents to find out more about their kids. For both parties, the chat often revolves around a child’s school day with almost half of parents (48%) discussing the latest gossip at school, sixth form or college.
One fifth of parents even admitted they used car journeys to listen in on their kid’s conversations with friends, and some even said they quizzed them about their love life as there was “nowhere for them to run!”
TV presenter and Dad of two, Jeff Brazier comments: “I definitely do my fair share of ferrying the kids around, but it’s fascinating to see how many hours of your life it actually takes up. It might seem like a chore at time, but it’s true that those journeys are precious moments of quality time that you’ll never get back.”
Denis Chick, Director of Communications at Vauxhall Motors added: “As a father of three, I’ve spent countless hours behind the wheel at the mercy of my children. At Vauxhall, we celebrate the small moments that make life brilliant. And family bonding time during a car trip epitomises just that.”
The results show that while parenting really is a full-time job, the Cab of Mum and Dad is an important bonding experience between parents and their kids – and it’s these moments that create priceless memories to make it all worthwhile.