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What do your children dislike most about road trips with mum and dad?

What do your children dislike most about road trips with mum and dad?

A recent survey conducted by car company Ford has found some very interesting information about what children dislike most about hitting the road with parents.

The new survey shows most parents annoy their kids on car journeys, especially by singing at the wheel, shouting at other drivers – and picking their noses. The survey of 2,000 children across Europe reveals parents hand children smart phones to get them to behave, and serve up snacks and pop on DVD’s.


Most parents lose their temper or swear in front of kids, in particular in France. When it comes to who’s the best driver, dads have the edge – especially with boys.

The Ford survey was conducted in order to better understand what children like and don’t like about travelling in cars and reveals surprising differences from country to country:

• Singing parents are least popular in the U.K. where 39 per cent of children ranked this their biggest pet hate. Children in France, the only country that didn’t rank singing as the worst habit, were twice as likely to complain about their parents shouting at other drivers

• Across Europe, 61 per cent of children revealed parents got angry or used “naughty words”, with French parents the worst offenders (74 per cent). Italy is the only country where less than half of parents lose their temper (39 per cent)

• Asking: “Are we there yet?” when bored is the most likely response overall (63 per cent). Children in the U.K. and Italy are more likely to ask mum and dad to put on some music

Do you have any annoying car habits your children hate? If so we would love to hear about them in the comment boxes below or over social media.

If you haven’t had the chance to yet, check out our review of the brilliant Ford C-Max here

Take a look at the video below to see kids explaining who they think is the better driver:

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