'79% use children as chauffeur'
Published 24/12/2012 | 00:14
Parents are turning the tables on their children after years of acting as a taxi service for their offspring.
As many as 79% of parents get lifts from their children once they pass their driving test, a survey by Churchill car insurance found.
But many parents pay for the privilege, shelling out an average of £11.16 per trip to their new-found chauffeurs.
The shops tops the list of places parents get driven to, followed by friends or relatives' houses, restaurants and parties.
A total of 8% of parents get a lift at least once a month and 6% are ferried around by their children once a week, with 2% even getting taken to work by a son or daughter every day.
For those who regularly get their children to take them places, 20% do so because they want to be able to drink.
Also, 51% of parents save money by getting their children to drive them.
But around half this proportion give their children the money they would have paid on public transport and others fork out more than the going public transport rate for their lift.
Advising people not to drink and drive over the festive season, Churchill car insurance head Tony Chilcott said: "The wonderful thing about family is that you know you can always rely on them to help you out when you need a favour.
"So now that the party season is well under way, if you are going to drive, parents may well need to call upon a family member to give them a lift."