Mums are better drivers than dads

We're all familiar with the contempt in the words 'lady driver' but here's something that'll make you rethink.Women are better behind the wheel as compared to men, according to a survey of kids...

entertainment Updated: Dec 17, 2010 18:40 IST

Women are better behind the wheel as compared to men, according to a survey of kids. The youngsters say it is not just their driving that makes mothers best, but because they have better in-car entertainment.

Four in 10 children say they feel safer with their mother at the wheel during a rush-hour journey to the shops or the school gate. Fathers are seen as risk-takers by seven in 10 children who think they are more likely to speed, suffer from road rage and have the most near-misses with other vehicles, reports the Daily Express.

Woman drivingThe Budget car hire firm, which polled 1,000 children between the ages of six and 15, revealed that the majority of children prefer their mother at the wheel because she plays better music (37 per cent), joins in car games (26 per cent) and tells jokes (24 per cent) more often than their father.

Keeping children involved throughout the journey goes hand-in-hand with them feeling safe, with children preferring mum driving (40 per cent) to dad (26 per cent) for this reason. Sixty-eight per cent of children believe dad is more likely to have an accident than mum. They also believe their dads are more likely to speed (71 per cent), be fined more often (70 per cent) and take the most risks (72 per cent).

But while mothers may be the drivers of choice, children say fathers are better at reversing (64 per cent) and parking (61 per cent).

First Published: Dec 17, 2010 18:32 IST