Dads have shorter fuse with their L plate off spring

For a happy and harmonious father’s day steer clear of driving lessons with your dear old dad is the advice being offered by AA Membership.  The results of a light hearted AA membership poll, completed exclusively by parents who have dared to take their son or daughter for a driving lesson reveals that dads by and large have a lower patience threshold than mums when it comes to instructing their children.

In the AA Membership poll which was completed by more than 3,700 parents across a wide range of ages, 28.5% of the dad’s quizzed, said they believed themselves to have been a very patient teacher, stating they remained calm and constructive throughout the lessons.  A higher percentage of mums however, 35.9% gave themselves this same rating. 

At the other end of the patience scale 11.3% of the dads surveyed during the AA Membership poll said they simply didn’t have the temperament for teaching their off spring how to drive.  A slightly lower number of mums said the same.  9.2% of those surveyed said teaching their children how to drive was far from their natural calling and a major test of their patience. 

Among the individual comments received from this less successful group of parents were “never again!”, “my son simply would not take on board instructions”, “my foot was glued to the imaginary brake”, “I was a nervous wreck” and “I had holes gouged in the passenger seat”. 

Overall 3.6% of the parents who trialed a lesson with their child said it was an unmitigated disaster which resulted in a massive argument followed by abandonment of the lesson altogether.

For children looking to repay their dads for all the driving lessons, lifts and help with their car over the years, AA Membership has a special offer to celebrate Father’s Day – 25% off all its Membership products. 

As an AA Member your dad can enjoy Roadside Rescue Assistance, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in Ireland and the UK.  Discounts on AA Motor Insurance, AA Home Insurance, AA Travel Insurance, AA Car Servicing, AA Vehicle Inspections, free AA Travel Insurance within the UK and Ireland and access to the new ‘Ask AA’ service meaning free expert motoring advice is just a phone call away. Plus he’ll benefit from savings on a wide range of accommodation, tourist attractions, restaurants and retail outlets.  Visit www.aaireland.ie for details.