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The survey by Halfords Autocentres suggests the best Father’s Day present would be a break from driving

By the time his children are 18, the average Dad has spent the equivalent of a whole working year Taxi-ing his children around.

In fact modern Dads spend more time ferrying kids than almost anything else they do – apart from work and sleep. That’s more time than they spend in the garden, on DIY and even in the pub.

Dads clock up an average 25 miles a week on 2.33 journeys, taking their youngsters to school, sports and social events - or 2hrs 16mins driving. A fith (20%) of dads, however, admitted to undertaking a journey of over 100 miles and 7% over 200 miles.

Halfords Autocentre’s, the UK’s largest independent garage network specialising in the car MOTs, tyres and aftercare market conducted a poll of 1000 Dads showing they drive 23,400 miles - the equivalent of a trip around the earth - in the 18 years before their children leave home.

The petrol cost at today’s prices works out at £3893 and if a father were charging for his time he’d be owed a year’s salary or £33,012.

The survey by Halfords Autocentres suggests the best Father’s Day present would be a break from driving.

A dedicated one in eight (17%) of fathers do more than five trips a week. Over four in five (81%) give lifts to the children of friends and neighbours.

Rory Carlin Halfords Autocentres Marketing Director said: "We spend a lot of our time caring for family cars to help customers live their lives on the move.

“We can't do anything about our kids' increasingly hectic social lives or the rising cost of fuel, but we can help by making routine servicing, maintenance and tyres affordable and accessible."

“We're working hard to bring down the cost of motoring because we understand that dedication comes at a cost, both in terms of the fuel used and wear and tear on the car itself.”


Notes to Editors:

More than 1000 fathers from across the UK were surveyed in June 2011
Figures used to calculate a year behind the wheel: 2.26 hrs (2hrs 16mins dad chauffering per week) x52 (weeks in a year) x18 (age of child) = 54 weeks (average working week is 37.5 hrs)
23,400 miles worked out by 25 miles (average dad distance per week) x 52 x18
Similarly petrol 23400 miles, divided by 37.2 (average mpg for Sierra and 1.8 Focus) x £5.93 (current price of a gallon from
Earnings: average for man £30,440, figures from office of National Statistics

With 240 centres nationwide, Halfords Autocentres is the UK’s leading independent car servicing, repair, tyres and MOT network. Now part of the Halfords group, our name may be new, but our centres have been a feature of the towns and cities of Britain for a decade or more.

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