24/03/2011 13:04 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Mums Are Better Drivers Than Dads, Says Kids' Survey

mum driving Every woman knows it, and now it's been made official: mums are better drivers than dads, says a new poll of the people whose opinions really know – children.

Four in 10 kids say they feel safer with their mother at the wheel during a rush-hour journey to the shops or the school run.

Dads are seen as risk-takers by seven in 10 children, who say they are more likely to speed, suffer from road rage and have the most near-misses with other vehicles. They are also perceived as more likely to have an accident.

And it's not just their driving that makes mothers best: they're more fun to be with in the car, too, says the study.

The Budget car hire firm, which polled 1,000 children between the ages of six and 15, revealed that the majority of children prefer their mother at the wheel because she plays better music (37 per cent), joins in car games (26 per cent) and tells jokes (24 per cent) more often than their father.

But while mothers may be the drivers of choice, children say fathers are better at reversing (64 per cent) and parking (61 per cent).

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