Following the recent announcement that the Government will be making changes to the driving test, new research has revealed that teaching children to drive is one of the most stressful situations a parent can encounter.
In a new survey of 1,000 parents who have taught their children how to drive, carried out by leading car website NFDA Trusted Dealers, four out of five (79%) said they feared the consequences of putting their kids in the driving seat. Almost half (44%) said the fear of damaging their car was the worst part of the experience, closely followed by the fear of personal injury (43%).
When asked about the biggest cause of frustration, more than a quarter (28%) of all parents cited the fact their children refused to listen to their guidance, with one in five (20%) saying the experience led to either teenage tantrums or moody motoring silences. Other frustrations include teaching the nuances of parallel parking and general speed awareness.
Comparing the experience to other stressful life encounters, one in four parents (29%) said they would rather go to the dentist than get behind the wheel with their offspring in charge. One in five parents (22%) said they would rather go for a job interview and nearly 40 per cent of parents said they would rather organise a wedding or take kids on holiday than teach their children to drive.
As well as taking their children out for lessons, three quarters of all parents (75%) said they also footed the bill for their child’s professional driving lessons. The Driving Standards Agency recommend learners take 47 hours of professional lessons, at an average cost of £24 per hour, as well as recommending practising outside of lesson hours. With formal driving and theory tests alone costing close to £100, the total cost of learning to drive can be well in excess of £1,000.
First-time pass rates for driving tests are currently less than 50 per cent, with each driving test costing a minimum of £62 for the test alone. With high costs and recent announcements by the Government to alter the driving test to make it more realistic, more parents could be taking to the road with their children to increase their experience of ‘real life’ driving and chances of passing.
Neil Addley, Managing Director of NFDA Trusted Dealers, said:
“A lot of our customers are parents who use the site to source a car for their children as our ‘Ten Points of Difference’ makes Trusted Dealers the safest place to buy a used car online. In line with offering trusted, stress free buying solutions, we also wanted to determine how we could help other parts of the car buying process.
Following the survey results, we have developed a dedicated Testing Times page on the Trusted Dealers website www.trusteddealers.co.uk/category/testing-times/ a one-stop shop which will include advice for parents on buying cars for kids, as well as competitions for parents to help with the stresses of teaching their children to drive!”
Trusted Dealers is part of the National Franchised Dealer Association (NFDA), the UK’s leading retail motor industry body. The site, which lists cars from the country’s top dealerships, offers complete peace of mind for those buying a used car online.