New research has suggested that when it comes to passing your driving test, dad really does know best.
The study into pass rates and learning habits has found that young motorists who learn with help from their fathers are four times more likely to pass than those who rely only on professional instruction. That’s despite 90 per cent of parents saying they think they’d fail the test if the sat it today.
According to the data from car tech firm Nextbase, half of dads have helped their offspring learn to drive, with 41 per cent agreeing to do so because they think it will make their kids feel more comfortable. An honest 35 per cent said they did so to save money.
It’s no surprise, with the average hour’s lesson now costing £24 and the average learner needing 45 hours of tuition.
While they might have had a positive impact on their children’s chances of passing, it seems that the reward isn’t worth the effort for some frustrated dads. A fifth of those fathers polled said if they could go back in time they wouldn’t teach their kids to drive. The most common reason was that it was too stressful, while dads were also frustrated by the in-car arguments and their kids not listening to instructions.
The study also found a clear gender division, with male learners having a worse time with dad and female learners struggling when taught by mum.
Eighty-four per cent of women had a negative experience when being taught by their mum, compared to 48 per cent with their dad. Comparatively, men are 20 per cent more likely to have a bad experience with their dads (79 per cent) than their mums (57 per cent).
Richard Browning, Director at Nextbase, comments: “I think we need to give dads credit where it’s due, especially as our study reveals that it obviously isn’t easy teaching your kids behind the wheel.”
The research also found that learners were twice as likely to pick up bad habits, such as not checking their mirrors, from their mum than dad.