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Parents travel halfway to the moon taxiing kids:

Not only do you love your kids to the moon and back, but you drive them half way there as well
By Motherpedia
Date: September 20 2013
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Many mums feel like they run a taxi service and now a new study shows just how far parents drive kids to their various commitments.

According to a survey by Aviva Insurance, parents taxi their children a staggering 202,482 kilometres before they can actually drive themselves, which is the equivalent of around half the distance to the moon.

The poll of 1,000 parents shows mothers and fathers typically make 117 journeys between them each month, clocking up an average of 1031 kilometres. This adds up to 25 hours and ten minutes spent behind the wheel per month

Children's journeys include 28 family outings to adventure parks or playgrounds, 12 visits to friends' homes, and 11 to sports clubs and practice.

A further six trips are made each month to birthday parties, five to social clubs and activities, and four to music clubs or lessons.

Parents with children at primary school make the most trips and cover the greatest number of distance each month. Those with offspring in secondary school have the lowest figures,

Heather Smith, from Aviva, said: “It's easy to see how parents could drive themselves round the bend with their children's busy social lives.

“This is due to the array of social engagements and friend's parties they are continually driving their children to and from.

“With parents having to make around 27 journeys a week for their children, it's no surprise that over a third of parents now rely on two or more cars to ferry their kids around.

“It's amazing they have any spare time left after the numerous family car rides.”

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