Britain Is A Nation Of Nagging Parents, Survey Finds


Playing music too loud and driving too fast were revealed to be the key topics of argument as children aged between 17 and 25 grow up, fly the nest and have their first taste of independence.

Being distracted by someone irresponsible in the car and staying out late were also flagged as things mums and dads will have a moan at their kids about.

The research revealed more than a third of kids most look forward to being able to come and go as they please when they eventually leave home and three in 10 don’t miss it at all once they’ve left.

But there are some home comforts that are often yearned for.

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Almost one in three said they miss home cooked food and more than one in 10 said the miss their parents’ (‘What do you think I am, a bloody…’) taxi service, while 14 per cent they miss getting their laundry done.

Wendy Moores, head of marketing at Direct Line, said:

Parents have always been concerned about their children starting to drive but are also thrilled to see them gaining their independence; it’s a weird paradox that parents do and don’t want to see their children diving.

Those keen to identify as adults, are desperate to prove their parents wrong and show that they are responsible enough for a little more freedom.

They’re also beginning to become aware that saving money through their renewal will help once they’ve left the family home.

Moving away from home (65 per cent), getting a full-time job (58 per cent), owning a car (32 per cent) and having a mortgage (43 per cent) were found to be the key milestones to becoming an adult officially. Well that’s me halfway to a happy death. Woo hoo!


Despite a tenth of the nation believing that we aren’t adults until we turn at least 25 years old, a fifth believes the transition happens at age 21.

The research also found Gen Z are more mischievous than their parents were at the same age.

Half admit to staying up and playing video games compared to just 7 per cent of their parents.

Other commons rules getting broken include coming home after curfew and sneaking out late at night with the car.

Moores added:

We want to reassure young drivers that with Direct Line and DrivePlus, their families are in good hands.

Young drivers have the freedom they want, coupled with the reassurance that they have an insurance policy that can change and grow with them.

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DrivePlus box monitors driving activity and measures driving safety based on factors including speed, smooth driving, acceleration and braking and the time of day.

If drivers score well enough on the DrivePlus box, they may qualify for a discount on their renewal at the end of the insurance policy’s term.

18-year-old Sophie Jones, a student in Newcastle surveyed on the issue said:

The DrivePlus box sounds like the perfect way get my parents off my back.

My dad is always going on at me about my driving.

At least this is something I can tell him about, for him to cool off.

I’d love to give the DrivePlus box a go, I reckon it would grade my parallel parking skills as flawless and my choice of tunes inspired.

For more information about Direct Line black box motor insurance visit DirectLine.

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