A study of 1,000 6-16 year-olds whose parents both drive found 43 per cent named dad as ‘better’ behind the wheel, while only 29 per cent opted for mum.
Reasons for choosing him as the better driver include the fact he drives for his job, has a van and is the designated holiday driver for the family.
But almost two-thirds claim their dad drives faster while 42 per cent think he experiences more road rage.
Despite this, 35 per cent of youngsters prefer being in the car with their mum, naming her as the parent most likely to join in with car games, such as I Spy, while on a journey.
Tiffany Wilcox, from MG, which commissioned the research to celebrate the family friendly model range, said, “The results paint an interesting picture of family car journeys and how kids see their parents.
“Everyone remembers family road trips from when they were younger, the discussions which are had, games that are played and music choices.
“It’s amusing to have an insight into children’s views of their parents’ driving habits and clearly the results show dad wins when it comes to driving but mum is more fun to be with in the car.
“Families don’t have to compromise on practicality and style with our family model range and the built-in technology will help keep the kids entertained on both long and short journeys.”
Table of truth mum vs dad
About 63 per cent of youngsters admitted to preferring to listen to their own playlists in the car to avoid hearing their parents’ choice.
Tiffany Wilcox, from MG, added, “It’s interesting to see how family dynamics play out while on the road, especially through the eyes of children.
“Our range of family SUVs aim to make journeys with the kids easier, thanks to the top tech available in each model.”