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What really happens behind car doors? It seems British parents are quite literally ‘going round the houses’ when it comes to discussing serious issues with their kids – by using the family car as a travelling confessional.
A new study conducted by Renault has been exploring the importance of family time in the car. Here are some of the findings.
Over half (54%) of kids are more likely to open up when mum or dad is behind the wheel.
Over 40% of parents believe this honesty comes from lack of a judgemental stare.
51% think it’s because there are no other distractions, e.g. TV or gadgets.
One in 10 concerned mums and dads have deliberately gone on a car journey in a desperate bid to get their child to open up.
Well over half (59%) of parents instigate awkward topics whilst in the car as they don’t have to engage in eye-contact.
A third (32%) of parents admit they find it easier to talk about more delicate subjects with their little ones, such as the ‘birds and the bees’ – while driving.
One in five (23%) see driving as a key opportunity to reconnect as a family when life gets busy.
In a modern society, it’s reassuring that I Spy (39%), singing (41%) and having interesting conversations (39%) beat playing computer games (35%) and watching TV (26%) on long car journeys.
28% of parents admit they learn more about their children in the car than in the home.
More than one in five kids (22%) admitted to getting into trouble with a teacher or not doing well in a test (22%).
10% of children have discussed changes in their body shape and 8% of kids instigated the ‘sex chat’.
To put the findings to the test, we’re conducting a year-long social experiment with online personalities Mother Pukka (@mother_pukka) and Father of Daughters (@father_of_daughters). Their daily trials and tribulations will be captured on a dash-cam, revealing the real life conversations and experiences as parents navigate all sorts of challenges.
Renault surveyed 2,000 parents in the UK that drive with children aged 2-18, via OnePoll.