Ever felt like you’re a taxi service for the kids? Many parents do – especially during the summer holidays. Now ŠKODA UK has come up with a solution.
It’s developed a new smartphone app which lets parents charge their kids via the currency of chores. ŠKODA says its PARENT TAXI acts like a real taximeter allowing parents to exchange miles for chores; such as cleaning the car, feeding the family pet, tidying their bedroom, and doing the washing up.
Having completed a number of journeys using the app, blogger Jo Middleton says: “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.”
She adds: “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.”
Alongside the app launch, ŠKODA released new research which found Britain’s parents drive approximately 1,648 additional miles a year ferrying their children around. That’s the equivalent of an incredible $15,500 worth of taxi fares if parents were to charge their kids the average London taxi cost-per-mile rate.
ŠKODA says it’s no wonder two thirds of parents (66 per cent) said they sometimes feel like a taxi service for their kids.