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Friday 15 December 2017

Mums in the driving seat of the family car

FAMILIES are increasingly relying on the "Fiesta father" and the "MPV mum" for their car needs, according to a survey.

Some 30 years ago, it was mainly fathers who drove the larger vehicle in a two-car family. But fathers are now going for smaller cars like the Ford Fiesta, while mothers drive MPVs (multi-purpose vehicles) and off-road 4x4s, insurance company Aviva found. In the 1980s men were keen on larger cars, with women opting for Fiestas, Minis and other small cars.

Based on responses about family car history going back 30 years from 2,500 UK adults, the survey showed that in the second decade of the 21st century, driveways often feature SUVs (sports utility vehicles) as well as MPVs and 4x4s. Aviva car insurance director Heather Smith said: "It appears multi-tasking mums need a vehicle fit for both work and family life."

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