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Parents clock up more than 1,700 miles ferrying offspring

Tuesday 3rd September 2013

On average, parents are driving more than 1,700 miles each year and spending the equivalent of almost seven days driving their children, and four days waiting to pick them up, according to new research by the insurer Allianz Your Cover.

The research of 1,000 parents also found that 40% are ferrying their children around until they pass their driving test, and19% continue until their children leave home. One in 10 predict they will still be driving their children around until they are well into their thirties and 15% don’t think they will ever stop giving them lifts.

Parents with teenagers aged 13-16 years are driving the furthest weekly distance of nearly 40 miles.

Allianz has calculated that the average annual cost for the ‘family taxi service’ is £7,813.

Jon Lott, Allianz Your Cover Insurance, said: “Mum and dad’s taxi service is getting UK families from A to B and with these trips totalling a mileage close to 2,000 per year, it’s clear families are depending on a regular family taxi service to help manage their busy lifestyles.

“Our research shows there’s little let up for family drivers as the taxi meter doesn’t stop when children grow up. In fact, 22% parents with grown-up children (aged 24 to 30) think dads will keep driving their children around well into their 30s.”

For more information contact Helen Braddock on 0207 781 2375.


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I just enjoy the freedom on the roads during school holidays when 90% of normal traffic, those going to and from school runs, are no longer present on the roads. Great for two wheelers. motorised or not. Peaceful and quiet and a lot safer.
bob craven Lancs

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And how much of that £7,813 per annum could be avoided if we had the same sort of child friendly infrastructure and road environment that they have in Northern Europe where the vast majority of such journeys would be accomplished independently by children and teenagers either walking or cycling?
Rod King, 20's Plenty for Us

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