• Jul 2nd 2014 at 10:52AM
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Moms are the better road trip companion (Shutterstock).
Sorry, dads, you're the better drivers, but as road trip companions, you come up a little short. According to a new study from Visiting Angels, an in-home care company, 54 percent of adult children would rather take a trip with their mother than their father.

The group asked 400 adults with parents at least 65 years old who would be a better road trip companion. Moms won, with 65 percent saying she kept the car cleaner than dads and 60 percent saying she picked better music. Sixty percent said dads were too controlling.

Even though Dad was determined to be more likely to engage in bad driving habits, more likely to engage in road rage and more likely to nod off behind the wheel, 63 percent still considered him better driver. Almost a third of respondents said moms drive too slowly. Eighty-five percent said they were more likely to ask for directions.

Inside the car, though, Mom was less annoying, a critical attribute for a road trip companion, though 63 percent did say their moms would subject them to deep conversations from which there was no escape. Apparently, however, the assault on the ears one gets with Mom is preferable to the assault on the nose that comes from Dad: 77 percent said their fathers were more likely to pass gas in the car.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      King and Queen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not all women suck at driving! Personally I can't stand a lot of other women drivers. And I am a great driver : )
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice thumbs up but her withered face.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it means not forgetting kid in the car seat, then mothers would win hands-up. Besides that, they are not good drivers.
      • 1 Year Ago
      When I first read the headline I thought it meant which parent a child/kid would want to ride with. That would have been a tough one for me. With my father we had to keep quiet all the time, no joking or laughing because he would say it disturbed his concentration of driving. But riding with my mother was dangerous because she was looking all over the place and at everything, going off the road and what have you. One time we were about 1/2 mile from home when a dog ran out of a yard and into the road, my mother was looking out the side window at the dog and we went right into a ditch! When ever we all went on a drive and my mother would drive my father would have to sit in the front passenger seat and constantly remind my mother to watch where she was going or remind her to stay in her lane! And with my father he would often take dangerous chances passing other cars and as he got older he also would be looking around and not paying attention to where he was on the road! But if the question is who would I like to ride with me on a trip......probably my mother because she would probably sleep most of the time and my father would be telling me how to drive even if I was in my 60's, so I guess I would chose my mother but for other reasons than are mentioned in the article!