Children feel safer with mom at the wheel, says a study by UK road safety group GEM Motoring. The survey included 1279 children aged 5 to 16, and found that 6 in 10 say they are more relaxed with mom — not dad — driving the car.
Those in the poll complain that their dads drive too aggressively, too fast, and lose their temper quickly. The survey shows that over half of dads regularly shout at other drivers, and 35 percent of children feel nervous when dad loses his temper — 2 percent cry. Moms, according to kids, are less likely to suffer from road rage, don’t weave through traffic, and are more considerate of other drivers. Fifty-two percent of children say their mom talks to keep the family entertained.
But despite feeling safer, the study finds that moms are “more likely to stall the car, bump into a wall, and find it impossible to park.” Children in the study also say mom is more likely to get lost.
“The research shows that while [mom] might not be the most skilled driver, she is certainly the most calm,” says David Williams, head of GEM. “Unfortunately many children seem to dread getting in the car with dad because his mood is unpredictable and they never know when he is going to get an attack of road rage.” A quarter of children polled say their dad’s driving scares them.
But the reality? The survey shows a third of children are embarrassed to have their parents at the wheel, regardless of which one it is.
Source: GEM Motoring