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New App Lets Parents Charge Their Kids For Lifts In Chores

New App Lets Parents Charge Their Kids For Lifts In Chores

Whether you're a parent, the partner of a non-driver or friends with someone who hasn't passed their test, you'll be all too familiar with the constant requests for lifts.

The more assertive of us will tell them to do one, but if you're a soft touch in the slightest, you'll end up spending a fair amount of your time ferrying your loved ones around.

But a new app is about to put an end to this thankless task; Parent Taxi will allow kids to be charged in the currency of chores.

The Parent Taxi app charges kids for lifts in chores. Credit: Skoda
The Parent Taxi app charges kids for lifts in chores. Credit: Skoda
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Released just in time for the summer holidays, it's potentially bad news for kids, seeing as British parents drive on average an extra 1,648 miles per year giving lifts to their children. The extra distance would cost an unreal £12,565 if they were to charge them the average London taxi fare per mile - which would obviously be really harsh.

Again, parents spent about three hours a week driving their kids about - I've done the maths here so you don't have to. That's 156 hours per year, that is nearly ONE WHOLE WEEK per year. Think of all the parent-y type things you could have done with that time. It's enough to put you off reproducing, isn't it.

The study also showed us the areas where parents travel furthest for their kids, with Northern Irish parents travelling about 41 miles per week. The parents who travelled the least for their offspring are ones in the West Midlands, who did an average of 27 miles for theirs.

Are you clocking up the miles for your loved ones? Credit: Pixabay
Are you clocking up the miles for your loved ones? Credit: Pixabay

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To trial the app, Skoda asked parent blogger Jo Middleton and her teenage daughter Belle to give it a go.

After completing several journeys using Skoda Parent Taxi, Jo said: "This is the app I've been waiting for! It's true that kids generally have a better social life than adults and as result that can mean a lot of car journeys each week.

"Although I love encouraging them to get out and do more, I think it's a great idea to swap miles for some help around the house in return."

And for those of us who don't have kids, there's still definitely a gap in the market for an app designed for partners and mates. A lift to the footy? That's one pint please, friend.

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You want me to take you and your mates to the airport, dear? That'll be six months of washing the dishes for you.

Patent pending, guys.

Featured Image Credit: Skoda

Topics: uk news

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into PR and then the world of music. After a few years working on festivals and events, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]