As millions of us prepare to set off for a late summer break or long weekend, a new and independent study has revealed that it take an average of only 27 minutes for kids to get bored on a long car journey.
Nine countries took part in the survey, and of these, Australian children get bored the quickest after only 23 minutes, with the UK in a close second place with 24 minutes. Children from America, France, Germany, Holland, Italy and Spain are rather more patient that Australian or British kids, and this patience gives the average time of 27 before major boredom kicks in.
The research by sat nav firm TomTom suggests that the average holiday car journey lasts around five hours, so children will start to misbehave long before the first service-station stop.
With so much time spent in the car, mums are resourceful at keeping the kids amused. Nearly three quarters (74%) make up games, 52% offer treats and rewards, and 24% admitted that they lie about the estimated time of arrival to make the journey seem shorter.
Whilst 60% of mums said that “being together as a family” is the best part of a family trip, they also found it could be stressful. 41% thought that being in the car with their children is far more stressful than the office, and 36% said they are likely to argue with their partner during the journey.
“Whilst we can’t stop children getting bored, we can make sure family journeys are as short as possible by getting you to your destination faster,” says Corinne Vigreux, TomTom’s Managing Director.