Parents’ in-car habits drive children potty

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Children reveal their parents' most annoying driving habits and there's some rather embarrassing stats from the UK

Nose-picking and dodgy singing top the list for UK parents’ worst habits while driving their little ones around.

While children are often blamed for being a disruptive influence on car journeys, a new Ford survey shows parents can create just as much tension while on the move.

Having to endure their parents’ singing is the number one pet peeve for children on family car journeys in the UK. But this was closely followed by catching their parents picking their nose!

The survey of 2,000 children, aged seven to 12, across Europe reveals 66% think their parents are annoying on car trips; serving up snacks and popping films on to “bribe” children to behave also featured high up on children’s grievances.

Singing parents are least popular in the UK where 39% of children ranked this their biggest annoyance, and, along with children in Italy, the UK’s offspring are most likely to ask mum and dad to put on some music instead.

parents' annoying drivign habits

Children in France were twice as likely to complain about their parents’ road rage; across Europe, 61% of children revealed parents got angry or used “naughty words”, with French parents the worst offenders at 74%.

When it comes to getting children to behave, 26% said mum and dad hand over their smartphones for them to play with, 20% get to watch a film or TV show, while UK parents are most likely to offer a snack (29%).

Germany is apparently home to the best behaved children, where 38% claim their parents don’t need to offer treats in a bid to make them behave on trips.

The children most likely to highlight nose-picking as the worst in-car habit are in the UK, followed by Italy then Germany.

Though both boys and girls across all countries identified dad as the best driver (61%), it was Italian papas who got the biggest thumbs up (67%), and UK mums who came closest to being the favourite (45%).

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