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It’s Father’s Day so I would like to wish all the dads reading this post a Happy Father’s Day!  I wanted to share a fun post with you today that may ring true with many of my parent readers. Children across the UK are taking the time to thank their dads on Father’s Day for their love, support and not forgetting endless taxi services.

Dads have their work cut out for them with all the driving around they need to do to take children to various activities.  Those who are constantly driving their children about could interesting be earning £54.40 a week £13.60 a day if they were charging them according to confused.coms new #DadTaxi meter.  You can check out this fun app to find out how much you would be charging your children if they were paying for your taxiing services. Price based on TFL London minicab tariff – https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/taxis-and-minicabs/taxi-fares/tariffs

The research has concluded that dads spend 1 hour 40 minutes and cover 40 miles a week driving their kids around on average.  However, the research also found dads are spending a little less time in the car with their kids than mums, who are spending 2 hours a week doing their share of the taxiing around.  On a usual week, dads cover 40 miles on average dropping off and picking up their kids, with mums travelling 5 miles more (45 miles).

With the amount of time dads are devoting to running their kids around, it is  not surprising that two fifths (43%) say they have had to rearrange their own plans to give a lift to their child.

I’m not planning on charging my children for taxiing them to and fro to after school activities as I am very conscious of keeping them safe in this day and age but the cost does add up the more driving around we do.  If you want to try cutting down costs you can always compare fuel costs online using the Confused.com fuel price comparison.

I was surprised to discover that 6% of dads from those questioned actually charged their children petrol money – something that my husband and I would personally never consider but then I do understand that in some cases people may not have much of a choice.

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55 thoughts on “Dads Taxi”

  1. My partner moans about being dads taxi but I can’t wait to pass and be mums taxi, I was meant to have my test on Thursday but its been moved to august 😢 xxx

  2. I only learned how to drive at the age of 25 so I wonder how much my dad could have made driving me around for 25 years! Haha! Although I did move out pretty early on but he still has to come pick me up from the airport whenever I fly home so…

  3. Haha my Dad was totally my taxi when I was younger, he was always driving me from place to place, I think he was glad when I finally passed my test so he could have a break.

  4. I am 32 and my dad still drives me everywhere. Hopefully not for long though as I am taking my driving test soon. Fingers crossed x

  5. Thankfully for my parents I passed my test when I was 17 and haven’t really needed them to ferry me around so much (except for the odd night out when I’ve had a few drinkies hehe!) x

  6. I have been charged petrol money before by family but I wouldn’t ask other people to do it, it does not sit right on me. I think it is a good idea in some cases though x

  7. Haha, this post made me smile because it’s something I’d never thought about. If my dad had charged me for every time he was a taxi service….he could have retired by now!

  8. Wow this really puts things into perspective. It definitely makes me think back to all the driving my Dad did to get me to and from school, sleep-overs, etc. Come to think of it, he STILL drives me around when i go back home to Puerto Rico to visit haha!

  9. My Dad had to spend a lot of time away from home travelling for work so it was mostly Mum who did the driving around. My Dad did lots of other things though and I love it for it. Until you become a parent yourself, I guess you really wouldn’t have a full appreciation of things like driving around that your parents do for you, quite without thinking.

  10. That looks like a really good taxi and would sell off really well. I get emotionally attached with my vehicles and find it hard to sell.

  11. My dad used to drive me everywhere as my mum doesn’t drive, I pay him back now by returning the favour x

  12. I think this is all part and parcel of being a parent and wanting your children to arrive and leave safely. We have to suck it up ha!

  13. I think Dads are just the best drivers. My dad enjoys driving for me when I was a kid, and I totally enjoy it when he does.

  14. Such a great post I remember my dad was always my taxi before school and after school sometimes he drive for me if I’m going to my friends and fetch up after

  15. If I think about how many times my dad has driven me around in the last 6 months its honestly a lot. So without him asking I used to just pay him what I thought it would cost petrol wise for him to collect me from places to places and the many trips to the airport he used to do.

  16. The app sounds so funny but I better not tell my dad or he will make me pay for his taxi services!
    I think that when I’ll get the license I’ll be driving him around so we’ll be even ahah

  17. Haha my parents made me cycle a lot which I actually preferred as it gave me more independence. But they did spend a lot of time in the car picking me up from things and still do as I now live abroad and so they make many trips to and from the airport.

  18. hahaha, great post. my dad used to drive me anywhere and he would also do now… But when I was 18 he truly forced me to take my driving license! i didn’t want but he insisted. Also if he wishes he can still me drive no matter where, he wants to make me independent!

    1. It is better to be independent I think but for young children it’s a necessity for an adult to take them places for safety reasons.

  19. I don’t have kids yet, but totally understand your pain as my dad practically drove my everywhere all my life even now at 27 if I’m with him i still get the ‘dad taxi’!

  20. It’s Mom’s taxi in this house most of the time, but I don’t mind it really. I do like the idea of finding cheaper fuel though!

  21. I know what this is like first hand… But not for my daughter yet. Instead, I have to drive my wife to and from work as well as myself. I work in the day, she works in the evenings and weekends… I spend, on average, 4.5 hours per day in the car during the week…

  22. My Dad always taxied me around when I was younger, but he was actually a taxi driver too. She he was a dad taxi haha

  23. Sadly I’ve never had a dad or mum taxi but everyone talks about it haha I’m pretty sure my husband will be the taxi for our kids!

  24. I’m certainly happy to have a partner who can drive! If I counted up all the miles he’s taken the kids and myself somewhere I wonder many thousands we’d get to!

  25. My dad always used to taxi me and my daughter around until he had a stroke a couple of years ago. I dread to think how much I actually owe him in fares!! Haha

    Louise x

  26. My dad used to always refer to himself as a taxi driver and now my husband does… perhaps that says more about me than them! xxx

  27. I still get the occasional pick up from the station and I’m 28. I wouldn’t even want to think how much I’d have spent on cabs instead

  28. Neither of my kids drive but I would never think of charging them. The joy of getting them safely from one place to the other is good enough payment to me. Hope all had a wonderful, stress free Father’s Day!

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