How much time does the average kid take to get in the car?

Time is spent on important stuff like putting on coats and securing kids in seats

Published: January 4, 2020, 2:30 PM
Updated: October 11, 2021, 10:22 AM

Child in child-seat

If you’re a parent with young children, you probably remember this conversation — “I swear it takes hours to get the kids out the door.” — well, European manufacturer SEAT has researched the subject and concluded it’s not quite that bad but it does add up to about four days per year.

And as long as that may seem, it adds up to an average of just 15 to 20 minutes to the morning routine (and as high as 40 minutes according to 7% of survey respondents), and it’s time spent on important stuff like making sure shoes and coats are on properly and that the child is safely in a car seat, with children two to three years old requiring the most time to get suited up, out the door and in the car (as reported by 47%).

Other things that add to the time include last minute bathroom trips and juggling the large amount of paraphernalia that needs to accompany the child.

And yes, the common belief that parents with small children being understandably late for work does apply, with 30% admitting to being late for work by between 11 and 18 minutes at least once per week.

“It won’t be a surprise to parents of young children that getting into the car and setting off on a journey, however long or short, is such a challenge,” says Rob Fryer, Head of Product at SEAT UK. “Whether it’s last-minute toilet trips or deciding which of their toys they’d like to take in the car with them, children can make the job of leaving the house seem daunting.”

Luckily, most manufacturers, especially those marketing desirable crossovers, are trying to alleviate the situation with features such as easy-sliding seats, hands-free hatchgate operation and improved connectivity to make it easier to get kid-friendly content up on the infotainment system.

However, none yet provide the treats that about 25% or respondents offer they children to try and speed up the process of getting in the car.