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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 13th 2010
2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 13, 2010 Taxi mums driven crazy FULL ON: Being the school and sports taxi is most stressful part of the day for mums. THE morning school run is the most stressful time of a mum's day -- and not just on the driving front. School taxi duty tops the stress list in a Continental Tyres survey of 2000 Australian mums, ahead of getting the kids ready for school and then out the door. The Continental study shows two of the top 10 most stressful parts of the day -- the school run and traffic jams -- relate to driving. The taxi pressures also lead to road rage and venting at children. According to the survey, 45 per cent of women who place the taxi run at the top of their stress list also admit to yelling at other drivers. And 42 per cent say they snapped at their children whether or not they were misbehaving. After dropping the kids at school, 56 per cent of mums rush off to work, and 40 per cent admitted their bad moods led to bad driving along the way. Continental Tyres marketing manager Gareth Taylor said: ''Getting the kids ready for school is no easy feat and makes for a very stressful start to the day. Driving is something that requires full concentration -- a frazzled mind together with wet weather or changed road conditions can lead to some very tricky and dangerous situations.'' The warning about driving while distracted is backed by insurance giant AAMI, whose spokes- man Mike Sopinski says it is a prime cause of crashes. ''It's quite obvious that motorists of whatever gender who are operating their vehicles in a stressed and frustrated manner are not paying due attention,'' Sopinski said. In a national survey, AAMI found 48 per cent of 2500 people attributed crashes to inattention. Parent Wellbeing director, psychologist Jodie Benveniste, said parents should have strategies to reduce the in-car stress. ''If you find your anger or frustration rising, stop, take a deep breath, and focus on speaking calmly but firmly,'' Benveniste said. ''To switch yourself out of a bad mood in the car, ask everyone to think of one thing they're looking forward to that day. Once the kids have been dropped off, and to make sure you don't turn up to work in a bad mood, remember one thing you love doing with your children. ''Finding ways to reduce this stress will raise concentration levels and increase focus on the roads, making it safer for everyone.'' Top ten most stressful parts of the day for mums: 1. School run 40% 2. Getting kids stuff together eg. homework, sports uniforms 38.4 % 3. Getting the children dressed and out the door 35.5% 4. Going through bills and the family finances 34.9% 5. Doing household chores 30.1% 6. Getting the children out of bed 29.3% 7. Traffic jams 27.4% 8. Breakfast time 21.4% 9. Wrapping up work to leave the office on time 18% 10. Cooking dinner 17.8% KARLA PINCOTT Caravan show move to give more daylight LIFESTYLE: Caravanning is popular. SCORE one for daylight saving. Victoria's annual Caravan Camping and Touring Supershow has been moved forward to March to give buyers more daylight time to view the displays. The show, at the Caulfield Racecourse from March 9-14, is normally held in May. We've moved the show to March so that we can extend the hours during daylight saving, plus give more time for people to prepare for their upcoming holidays,'' said Peter Wright, the show manager and chief executive officer of the Caravan Industry Victoria. We've got hundreds of caravans, motorhomes and every other RV available today including all the latest models, plus weve got a host of new brands coming to the show for the first time.'' This year's show has been extended by nearly a hectare to squeeze in more exhibitors, particularly in the tent and camping equipment area, reflecting the resurgence of Australians taking a holiday at home under the stars. The Victorian Caravan Show is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, attracting more than 60,000 people last year. It's open from 9.30am to 6pm Tuesday to Saturday and 9.30am to 5pm on the Sunday. If you get there before 11am, parking is free. Otherwise catch a train to nearby Caulfield Station. CarsGuide has 10 double passes to the show but you have to get yourself to Melbourne. To be in the draw, write you name on the back of an envelope, address it to Caravan Show competition, the Mercury newspaper, PO Box 334, Hobart, 7001 or deliver to the newspaper office in Macquarie St, Hobart. Entries close on February 20. Winners will be announced in CarsGuide on February 27. 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