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Parents fearful of children learning to drive

Vauxhall Motors has a new partnership with the Young Driver programme. Picture: Vauxhall

Vauxhall Motors has a new partnership with the Young Driver programme. Picture: Vauxhall


When it comes to children learning to drive, some mums would rather give birth again than be driven around by their offspring, according to new research.

When your children start learning to drive it can be a scary time for parents.

New research by Vauxhall Motors shows 41% of parents are terrified at the thought of their children driving them around when they’re learning with 42% admitting to forgetting the Highway Code themselves.

For parents who bravely take the role as driving instructor, nearly one in five trips resulted in a dented car along with a quarter admitting to having snapped when sitting in the instructor’s seat.

What’s more, despite 53% of children thinking dad is a better driver than mum, 20% of driving lessons with dad has resulted in a crash – compared to only 8% for mums.

The research, looking at the driving habits of 1,000 children and their parents, revealed that while 57% of parents can’t wait for their kids to be able to drive themselves – 52% wouldn’t trust themselves as their instructor.

When it comes to dream instructors, Lewis Hamilton takes the top spot with 21% of kids wanting personal lessons with the racing pro – with Prince Harry (8.5%), James Corden (7.3%) and Ed Sheeran (10%) also making the top 10.

Conducted by Vauxhall Motors to celebrate the brand’s new partnership with Young Driver programme – 11% of mums would even choose to give birth again than have their child drive them around and the same number of dads would prefer to do a bungee jump.

It comes as no surprise that 27% of children wouldn’t trust either of their parents to teach them how to drive – with 70% believing they’ll be a better driver than their parents if they pass their test with professional instruction.

Despite their confidence, 52% think it’s more stressful than school exams and 45% believe it’s more stressful than a first date.

Denis Chick, at Vauxhall Motors, said: “As a father of three, I can safely say that I’ve spent much of my life transporting my youngsters around. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I’ve had a meltdown teaching them but, when it comes to learning, we definitely think it is wisest to leave it to the professionals.

“As the research has shown, it seems most parents agree. We want our children to be safe on the road and the Young Driver courses are a perfect way to experience being behind the wheel of a car before doing the real thing on the road.”

The research was conducted to mark the new partnership between Vauxhall Motors and Young Driver, the world’s most comprehensive driving education programme that teaches youngsters from five to 17 years old.

For more information about Young Driver, visit

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