Here’s how much parents spend on fuel ferrying their kids about as the average tank hits £109 | The Sun

THE cost parents spend on fuel just by ferrying their kids about has been revealed.

Driving young ones between friends' houses and different activities is all part of being a parent – but some may be shocked to learn it's costing thousands of pounds a year.

New research has found parents are spending an average of £2,443.81 or £46.15 a week in petrol each year driving their kids between school, social activities and extra-circular lessons or clubs.

Getting kids to school day takes the biggest toll on bank accounts at  £642.25 a year, followed by trips to see their friends at parties costing £607.72.

Hobbies and activities such as sports practice or are setting parents back £601.04 while extra-curricular activities. such as after school clubs, come in at £592.80.

But it's not just money that parents are losing – it's time too.


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The study found that half of parents in the UK – 55 per cent – are using up one to three hours each week driving their kids to playdates.

For hobbies and activities outside of school, 12 per cent are driving over three hours a week.

Eighteen per cent of parents are their children over 150 miles per month, analysis by Zuto revealed.

Running around after their friends is also making a difference.

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Parents and caregivers are spending £2,300 a year giving lifts to their children’s mates who might need to go somewhere.

Lucy Sherliker, Head of Customer at Zuto says the research shows parents are doing a lot of the heavy-lifting.

She said: “Despite the abundance of public transport options in our modern-day society, parents still choose to spend a substantial amount of time in their busy schedules taking their children to various activities

“Whilst looking at various variables i.e. location, we have highlighted just how much time parents being ‘taxi of mum and dad’ and the possible reasons for this.”

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There are two things drivers need to think about when filling up their car that could save them £100s in fuel costs.

This comes as the prices of petrol and diesel in Britain have continued to rise, despite wholesale costs dropping.

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