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(Daily Mail)   When it comes to riding in cars, research shows kids prefer Dad in the driver's seat even though Mom is more fun -- that is, when she's not screaming, "SO HELP ME GOD, IF YOU DON'T KNOCK THAT SHIAT OFF I'M TURNING THIS CAR AROUND RIGHT NOW"   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 45
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2012-11-12 08:26:48 AM  
Grandma and Granddad's house was a favourite destination, with one in five children saying it was top of their list.

I know I could never get enough ribbon candy.
 
2012-11-12 08:59:11 AM  
My parents never used the 'we'll turn this car around' thing. They would threaten to not stop for bathroom breaks, and threaten to not feed us for a few days if we peed in the car.
 
2012-11-12 11:16:15 AM  
I'd let the MILF in that first picture drive my stick shift any day.
 
2012-11-12 11:17:47 AM  
I never minded my mom turning the care around so much, but I'll bet the people who kept t-boning her when she turned into her lane were pretty angry.
 
2012-11-12 11:18:33 AM  
That's because most Dads can reach into the back seat and smack the kids without slowing down or swerving. It's safer, even if you're the one getting smacked.
 
2012-11-12 11:19:04 AM  
No wonder they like Dad better, mom is driving from the wrong farking seat!
 
2012-11-12 11:21:27 AM  
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2012-11-12 11:21:47 AM  

Anderson's Pooper: That's because most Dads can reach into the back seat and smack the kids without slowing down or swerving. It's safer, even if you're the one getting smacked.


I lol'd.

And I think it has something to do with the fact that more male drivers actually pay attention when they drive, rather than swerving the minivan all over the road while playing their next words with friends move.

I usually try to stick up for my gender when it comes to driving, but as a whole? I'm happy to be the exception, and not the rule. I've just almost gotten rear ended by more females in this last month alone- and I peek my rear view and there's their iPhone in front of their faces.

/hates humanity a little
 
2012-11-12 11:22:01 AM  
I always liked showing off my skills in pull tab removal before handing my dad his beer. The 70s.
 
2012-11-12 11:22:09 AM  
The kids prefer to wide with me because I play them The Clash, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash and Sabbath.

One of my proudest moments as a parent was hearing my five-year old singing along to the end of "Rudie Can't Fail" from the backseat.

/the 3-year old likes Kraftwerk
 
2012-11-12 11:24:24 AM  

Skarekrough: The kids prefer to wide with me because I play them The Clash, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash and Sabbath.

One of my proudest moments as a parent was hearing my five-year old singing along to the end of "Rudie Can't Fail" from the backseat.

/the 3-year old likes Kraftwerk


You're a good dad.
 
2012-11-12 11:24:24 AM  
If I recall my childhood correctly, my dad preferred to drive. So when my mom was driving, there was only one parent in the car. When my dad was driving, there were usually 2 parents in the car. Thus there was a higher degree of discipline and fewer backseat arguments when dad was driving.
 
2012-11-12 11:30:17 AM  

Cythraul: My parents never used the 'we'll turn this car around' thing. They would threaten to not stop for bathroom breaks, and threaten to not feed us for a few days if we peed in the car.


My parents didn't either. If we stepped over the line, it was off to the side of the road for a good old fashioned ass-whoopin'.
 
2012-11-12 11:30:54 AM  
Hard to drive from the kitchen...



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2012-11-12 11:35:06 AM  
I think the deal is for men, we have a certain emotional investment in being a "good driver". You better be able to drive a manual, have a nice smooth routine for checking mirrors, you better know how to put the pedal and pass, etc. Even if you're rolling in some 4 banger, part of the average male mind is still playing GT5 or Forza. Jackasses like myself rolling around in something with a V8+forced induction are very blatantly playing GT5 over in the far left lane.

For a lot more women, driving is just a chore.

When I met my wife she was a terrible driver. She had no predictive skills (giant corner uphead? She'd accelerate and then lock up the brakes when she realized there was a corner.), no confidence, she didn't know to start checking mirrors to find gaps well before you need to change lanes.

I started taking her to race go karts with me (good ones that could hit 33 mph) and eventually it ended up with us going to a race car driving experience at Michigan International Speedway. It took about two years to basically retrain her, but things are a lot better now. About sixth months ago we were in northern Michigan passing a logging truck, when its tire blew out and the trailer swung into our lane. She did a beautiful 180 into the oncoming lane, which moved us clear of the logging truck but now created the threat of oncoming rear ending us. She didn't miss a a beat, down shifted to avoid stalling out, hit the gas and got the car going back up to speed in the opposite direction.

/there was actually nothing in the oncoming lane, but I still give her props for knowing that was a threat and reacting
 
2012-11-12 11:46:30 AM  

Fish in a Barrel: I'd let the MILF in that first picture drive my stick shift any day.


Stock photo++

/ giggityfaps
 
2012-11-12 11:49:04 AM  
My dad used to say
"Don't make me drive into that bridge abutment."
 
2012-11-12 11:49:40 AM  
Heh my dad said that al the time. But he always actually meant "I'll pull the car over and whip both your asses". We had one of those big 1970's station wagons and they would let us scamper all over that damn thing so we were rarely in the smack in the head territory.
 
2012-11-12 11:57:03 AM  
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/hot linkage
//obscure it is not
 
2012-11-12 11:57:25 AM  

ha-ha-guy: I think the deal is for men, we have a certain emotional investment in being a "good driver"


my emotional investment in being a good driver is driving smoothly enough so that my wife goes to sleep and stays asleep in the passenger seat. a long drive in silence is better than a long drive being reminded of all the various threats that will kill us because oh my god, slow down, you're going to get us killed. 

/ i hate driving. i drive a standard, and honestly, the standard has increased my hatred for driving.  there is nothing fun about sitting in an uncomfortable chair, forbidden from relaxing because all these other large objects can kill you if you make a mistake... or just kill you because you're unlucky.
 
2012-11-12 11:58:04 AM  
My Dad did it once. Stopped, pulled over, and got out of the car as if he was going to haul our asses out and leave us on the roadside. In fact, he just leaned up against the trunk for a few minutes and got back in. I'm assuming that there was counting and swearing going on back there, as well as some wondering where his life went wrong to have such horrible spawn.

Now that I always have two kids in my backseat I kinda know where he was coming from. I should call him up and apologize.
 
2012-11-12 11:59:58 AM  
Yeah, I remember when I was young, getting together with my friends, putting swastikas on our foreheads, getting rubber knives, and "home invading" rich houses as a mock Manson Family prank - you know, just pretend stabbing. It was hilarious at the time. But looking back now, I'll bet I scared that one pregnant lady.  Of course, enough time has passed now, so Manson Family home invasion pranks, although not nearly as side-splitting anymore, are probably much more socially acceptable now.  This guy's crazy though. Too soon.
 
2012-11-12 12:00:54 PM  

Hector Remarkable: Yeah, I remember when I was young, getting together with my friends, putting swastikas on our foreheads, getting rubber knives, and "home invading" rich houses as a mock Manson Family prank - you know, just pretend stabbing. It was hilarious at the time. But looking back now, I'll bet I scared that one pregnant lady.  Of course, enough time has passed now, so Manson Family home invasion pranks, although not nearly as side-splitting anymore, are probably much more socially acceptable now.  This guy's crazy though. Too soon.


Wait, isn't this the Joker copycat thread?
 
2012-11-12 12:02:11 PM  

Hector Remarkable: Hector Remarkable: Yeah, I remember when I was young, getting together with my friends, putting swastikas on our foreheads, getting rubber knives, and "home invading" rich houses as a mock Manson Family prank - you know, just pretend stabbing. It was hilarious at the time. But looking back now, I'll bet I scared that one pregnant lady.  Of course, enough time has passed now, so Manson Family home invasion pranks, although not nearly as side-splitting anymore, are probably much more socially acceptable now.  This guy's crazy though. Too soon.

Wait, isn't this the Joker copycat thread?


Nope. One thread off.
 
2012-11-12 12:03:19 PM  

Hector Remarkable


Wait, isn't this the Joker copycat thread?


No, you want thread 12A next door.
 
2012-11-12 12:06:48 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Hector Remarkable

Wait, isn't this the Joker copycat thread?


No, you want thread 12A next door.


This makes me laugh
 
2012-11-12 12:08:40 PM  

Sybarite: Grandma and Granddad's house was a favourite destination, with one in five children saying it was top of their list.

I know I could never get enough ribbon candy.


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2012-11-12 12:23:41 PM  
My father had two expressions for unruly children on long trips:

I'll paddle you 'til you can't wiggle!
I'll knock you into the middle of next week!

My sister and I called his bluff.....once.
He wasn't bluffing.
Two tingling backsides later, we got back into the car and had a VERY quiet trip.
 
2012-11-12 12:24:21 PM  
That's it! Back to Winnipeg!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJEcqxgbbJU
 
2012-11-12 12:26:26 PM  
I challenge any mom to be fun enough to play "Oh my god the brakes just went out" like my dad did.
 
2012-11-12 12:36:28 PM  
When tested on the meaning of symbols on a car's dashboard, answers given included 'ninjas' and 'a magician', for the seatbelt sign, and 'aliens' for the petrol symbol.

Yup, no one can understand those things. But words are complicated and they'd have to have different shadow masks for each market. This way they save a penny on every car.
 
2012-11-12 12:59:18 PM  
My dad never threatened to pull the car over and kick our asses. He would just pull the car over and kick our asses. I've had my ass kicked beside many of America's finest highways and byways, as have my children.
 
2012-11-12 01:22:17 PM  

Cythraul: My parents never used the 'we'll turn this car around' thing. They would threaten to not stop for bathroom breaks, and threaten to not feed us for a few days if we peed in the car.


I used the "If I have to pull this car over...) thing once. The boys didn't believe me. I pulled over and spanked them both with my belt. An Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper pulled over behind me and watched, then walked up and shook my hand. He said he always saw kids acting up, aggravating their parents, and that just made the driver less safe. He said he wished more parents disciplined their kids.

I never had to do that again.

 
2012-11-12 01:34:37 PM  
Because dad can't execute a suitable back-hand while driving.
 
2012-11-12 01:40:41 PM  
My dad simply did not want to be in the car if my mother was driving. On long trips when my father started to get tired my mom would offer to drive so he could sleep, but he would say, "I wouldn't be able to sleep if your were driving." I agreed with him. My mother is a terrible driver. I'm always slamming on the imaginary brake pedal when she's driving. Ever since I was little.
 
2012-11-12 01:49:03 PM  
I am a defensive driver, because that's how my Dad taught me to drive. Only been in 1 accident that was my fault. I was 16 and the only car involved... youth not gender being the contributing factor. The other 3 accidents I've been in were the other GUYS' fault!
That being said...
I always preferred it when Mom drove on long trips because I got to sit in the front seat... my brother and I couldn't be in the back seat together, but if Dad was driving she wouldn't allow him to sit in the back with her because he moved around too much and made her car sick. Or maybe my bro just needed to be in Dad's smacking distance. (I used to be the good kid!)

My kid would rather his step-father drive so I'm available for all the "Hey Mom look at this!", even though he knows if I'm driving we will get there faster.

/hubby drives like an old man
//as a matter of fact, he IS an old man.
 
2012-11-12 01:56:21 PM  

domenad: I challenge any mom to be fun enough to play "Oh my god the brakes just went out" like my dad did.


The sad thing is, modern cars are put together so much better these days that you rarely see any of the really exciting things happen that used to happen all the time when we were kids.

/Or maybe that was just my family, we never had a car that was newer than I was my whole time growing up.

kiwimoogle84: Anderson's Pooper: That's because most Dads can reach into the back seat and smack the kids without slowing down or swerving. It's safer, even if you're the one getting smacked.

I lol'd.

And I think it has something to do with the fact that more male drivers actually pay attention when they drive, rather than swerving the minivan all over the road while playing their next words with friends move.

I usually try to stick up for my gender when it comes to driving, but as a whole? I'm happy to be the exception, and not the rule. I've just almost gotten rear ended by more females in this last month alone- and I peek my rear view and there's their iPhone in front of their faces.

/hates humanity a little


I don't know about that. We're now raising an entire generation of men just as vapidly absorbed into their gadgets as women, and even middle-aged men have adopted bluetooth headsets with gusto and seem to go into another world when they get too animated talking on them.
 
2012-11-12 02:33:40 PM  

foxyshadis: domenad: I challenge any mom to be fun enough to play "Oh my god the brakes just went out" like my dad did.

The sad thing is, modern cars are put together so much better these days that you rarely see any of the really exciting things happen that used to happen all the time when we were kids.

/Or maybe that was just my family, we never had a car that was newer than I was my whole time growing up.

kiwimoogle84: Anderson's Pooper: That's because most Dads can reach into the back seat and smack the kids without slowing down or swerving. It's safer, even if you're the one getting smacked.

I lol'd.

And I think it has something to do with the fact that more male drivers actually pay attention when they drive, rather than swerving the minivan all over the road while playing their next words with friends move.

I usually try to stick up for my gender when it comes to driving, but as a whole? I'm happy to be the exception, and not the rule. I've just almost gotten rear ended by more females in this last month alone- and I peek my rear view and there's their iPhone in front of their faces.

/hates humanity a little

I don't know about that. We're now raising an entire generation of men just as vapidly absorbed into their gadgets as women, and even middle-aged men have adopted bluetooth headsets with gusto and seem to go into another world when they get too animated talking on them.


Say what? I'm not a gadget freak and never have been. But my smartphone is not a gadget. I use it for work extensively. And I have a bluetooth headset too. Why? Because the speakers on ever mobile phone made SUCK. You cannot hear them unless you are pretty much in a soundproof room. My headset allows me to hear even when I am outdoors in a noisy area. More, it is noise canceling, so people can hear what I say without any background noise. Finally, if you are driving and not using a headset of some sort, you are a menace to other drivers. I can devote both hands to driving. Unfortunately, I have regular meeting, which are always conducted as con-calls and during rush hour.
 
2012-11-12 02:52:38 PM  
You know how your dad would tell you that he'd pull the car over? My brother called him on that once. Dad pulled the car over and my brother looked like a spider monkey climbing over the seats to get away from the old man. Kid got his ass whooped good that day and it was all I could do to not laugh.
 
2012-11-12 03:33:06 PM  

Hawnkee: Because dad can't execute a suitable back-hand while driving.


That's right - it takes a mom to execute the backhand with suitable force without wrecking the car. I pride myself on my backhand delivery.

When my daughter was about 5, we were driving in rural Tennessee when I got pulled over for swerving a little. I told the cop I was trying to smack my kid on the leg and misjudged my swing. He saw this as an acceptable reason and did not give me a ticket.
 
2012-11-12 03:35:57 PM  
OK kids....Who wants to go for a ride with Mommy?

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2012-11-12 03:49:06 PM  
My driving is going to suck....but you wont care

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2012-11-12 04:55:22 PM  
Research money well spent :P
 
2012-11-12 05:53:12 PM  

Clemkadidlefark: This makes me laugh


No it doesn't
 
2012-11-12 09:13:54 PM  

JackieRabbit: Say what? I'm not a gadget freak and never have been. But my smartphone is not a gadget. I use it for work extensively. And I have a bluetooth headset too. Why? Because the speakers on ever mobile phone made SUCK. You cannot hear them unless you are pretty much in a soundproof room. My headset allows me to hear even when I am outdoors in a noisy area. More, it is noise canceling, so people can hear what I say without any background noise. Finally, if you are driving and not using a headset of some sort, you are a menace to other drivers. I can devote both hands to driving. Unfortunately, I have regular meeting, which are always conducted as con-calls and during rush hour.


I don't believe I ever said "guys like JackieRabbit," so you don't need to be defensive. I've ridden with guys who would take their hands off the wheel to gesture at their invisible partner, get much more aggressive, take their foot off the gas, or just completely zone out and drift between lanes and dangerously close to wrecks while in deep rumination, all while considering themselves awesome drivers who are safer than everyone else because they use a headset. I've been employed by a number of them. Forgive me for not seeing it as a panacea.

Also, tools can be gadgets and vice versa. Again no need to take it personally. But I'm sure you've seen, just like everyone else I know, guys who tune out the world to play with (or work with) their phone/tablet, compared to older generations where alertness was a masculine trait - the context of my comment. Standing still that's pretty reasonable, in motion not so much.

/I'm guilty of having done that via books as a youngster.
 
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