Most of us learnt to drive in the family car with a brave parent gripping tightly to the door handle, just how brave those parents are has now been revealed.
A British study conducted by the car manufacturer, Vauxhall, shows 40% of parents are terrified at the prospect of having their kids drive them around while they learn to drive.
The research looked at the driving habits of 1,000 children and their parents.
It was also revealed that 57% of parents can’t wait for their kids to be able to drive themselves, yet nearly the same amount (52%) wouldn’t trust themselves as their instructor.
42% of the parents also admitted to forgetting many of the road rules themselves.
The research results come just days after a Melbourne driving instructor described the Australian driver training and licensing scheme as being broken – details here.
While for parents who bravely take the role as driving instructor, about 20% suffered some damages to their car while showing a young one the ropes.
Conversely, of the youngsters surveyed, 53% nominated dad as being a better driver than mum.
Yet it was more often driving lessons with dads that ended up with their being car damage – 20%, compared to just 8% for mums.
Denis Chick from Vauxhall says the results were interesting.
“We definitely think that when it comes to driving lessons that the it is wisest to leave it to the professionals.
“As the research has shown, it seems most parents agree.”
What do you think? Are you happy to teach your kids to drive? Or have you made sure a professional got the job?
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