The school run twice a day, tea at friends’ houses, after school clubs and numerous birthday parties – a parent’s work is never finished they say. It seems there is now actual evidence to support this old adage.
A recent survey carried out by a leading car seat retailer has found that UK mums drive roughly the equivalent of a round trip from London to Zurich every year in trips for the children. This equates to just over 1,240 miles per year or a total time of around two weeks solid driving.
Grandparents, other relatives and friends are all drafted in to pick up and drop off youngsters; with more than 2 out of 5 grandparents claiming they have a spare booster seat in the car just in case they have to help out with the grandchildren.
And often the children in the car don’t all belong to the same family with friends tagging along and of those mums asked almost half said they also carried a spare booster seat in case they had to pick up another child. But mums don’t mind; if they help out a friend one day then they know the favour will be returned.
However, the survey also showed that mums love this job and want to make the children happy and not miss out on trips and visits to friends just because it means getting in the car.