Dec 22 2008 Jackie Violet
Mum's the word
IT'S official - mums are better than dads at driving! Acknowledgment at last.
A whopping 80 per cent of 1,000 polled youngsters (aged six to 16) claimed they felt happier and more relaxed with mum behind the wheel. Ah, there is no-one quite like mum is there?
According to the kids, dads across Britain are too aggressive, drive too fast and lose their tempers quickly when in the driving seat. Really? Well I never.
But mums are less likely to let other road users or bad driving habits bother them and maintain a happy attitude throughout the journey. Oh, yeah! Bring it on!
The poll by Korean car maker Hyundai reveals that four out of five children say their mum's driving is best - despite the fact she is more likely to bump into a wall, stall the car and cannot reverse park. Well, there is a limit to how much multi-tasking we can do.
Children do not like the fact that dads are impatient when driving - and 23 per cent are often scared when dad is getting an attack of road rage. Men never seem to learn the art of self-control.
A worrying 81 per cent claim dad drives at high speeds, and 64 per cent say their dad regularly shouts at other drivers who annoy him. Come on, guys, remember 'patience is a virtue, possess it if you can'.
However, the poor children are too frightened to say anything as dad continues to charge in and out of lanes in a desperate attempt to avoid - heaven forbid - a traffic jam.
Dads, may I remind you of the parental leadership role you should be displaying to your darling heirs here.
In contrast, 64 per cent of children say mum happily chats non-stop whilst driving, and 67 per cent say when she is not talking, she is singing to keep the family entertained.
That strikes a chord, for it is me to a tee.
Sadly, on that note mum gets in a pickle with standard manoeuvres required for everyday driving. As a result, mum is responsible for more dings to the car as yet another lamp post miraculously loses its concrete footings and ends up slamming against the car.
Oh well, wouldn't life be boring if we girls could do simply everything perfectly?