Kent transport

Parents spend over £2,400 a year getting their kids rolling

Parents in the UK spend an average of £2,400 a year – or £46.15 a week – driving their children to different activities such as parties or leisure, according to a new study. The research comes as petrol prices continue to soar across the UK.

And car experts Zuto also found that parents spend around £2,300 a year transporting their children’s friends. With 18% covering over 150 miles each month.

The most expensive activity turned out to be running the school, which research has found to cost around £642.25 a year. Traveling to see friends or dropping them off at parties is the second biggest expense for parents, potentially costing them £607.72 a year.

The full breakdown of the cost of the different activities for parents is shown below:

Activity

Cost for parents (per year)

School / childcare / work (daily run to school / outings to daycare or work)

£642.25

Social activities (seeing friends / partying)

£607.72

Hobbies & activities (outside school)

£601.04

Extracurricular activities (extracurricular clubs, etc.)

£592.80

As well as driving their own children, parents driving their children’s friends may be shocked to find it could cost them an extra £2,300.67.

Drive friends to activities

Cost for parents (per year)

School / childcare / work (daily run to school / outings to daycare or work)

£606.93

Hobbies & activities (outside school)

£576.65

Extracurricular activities (extracurricular clubs, etc.)

£565.87

Social activities (seeing friends / partying)

£551.23

Almost one in five parents drive their children more than 150 miles per month. The research also found that nearly one in five parents (18%) drove their children 150 miles or more per month, highlighting the amount of time parents spend taking their children from A to B.

For example, for social activities such as seeing friends or going to parties, more than half of parents in the UK (55%) drive their children between one and three hours a week. Additionally, for hobbies and activities outside of school, more than one in 10 (12%) parents drive more than three hours a week.

Lucy Sherliker, Customer Manager at Zuto, said: “Despite the abundance of public transport options in our modern society, parents still choose to spend a lot of time in their busy schedules taking their children to various activities. By looking at various variables, namely location, we highlighted the amount of time parents spent “mom and dad’s taxi” and possible reasons for this. »