Top Christmas travel bugbears for drivers – including whose turn it is to drive

More than one in six motorists (17%) have had a falling out with their partner over who the designated driver will be at Christmas, a study has found.

Nearly 170 miles will be driven this Christmas as Brits take to the roads to get all their Christmas shopping done, pick up all the food for Christmas dinner – and travel to be reunited with family.

And while the “driving home for Christmas” feeling is one of Brits' favourite aspects of hitting the roads in December, the poll of 2,000 drivers found that certain “speedbumps” can get in the way of the festive spirit.

These include backseat drivers, leaving for events on time, and frustration at attempting to successfully follow directions.

Trying to concentrate when driving in poor weather, and who gets lumbered with filling up the vehicle with fuel or charging, can also prove divisive.

In response, heycar, which commissioned the study, has launched the “Pre-Sup” – a downloadable agreement committing couples to do their fair share of driving during the holidays.

A spokesman for the online car seller said: “As the song goes, “Tis the season to be jolly” – but disagreements about whose turn it is to drive can take the sheen off even the merriest of occasions.

“That’s why we’ve decided to help Brits agree in advance who the designated driver should be, and fight for their right to party.

“Reneging on your decision to drive to festive engagements is a common occurrence during the festive season, and a sure-fire way to end up on Father Christmas’s naughty list.

“No-one wants that. So, this is the perfect way to guarantee the feel-good vibes as you’re driving home for Christmas this year.”

With travel lockdowns fully lifted, many drivers could be reuniting with family for the first time in years.

Visiting loved ones emerged as the top reason to hop in the car this Yuletide – followed by Christmas shopping, and festive activities, such as ice skating.

  • Dolly, Betty, and Beast top list of most popular car names for 2022

Motorists' strong desire to reunite with loved ones will see them drive an average of 92 miles over the holidays.

An additional 44 miles will be covered just to find that perfect gift, and 33 miles will be totted up gathering provisions for Christmas dinner.

In fact, three-quarters of drivers believe their car is essential in ensuring their Christmas plans go ahead smoothly.

And with planned rail strikes in December, festive motorists seem unfazed, despite the potential for increased traffic – as 68% expect to drive as much as they do every Christmas.

Although 36% are planning to trim their mileage down to save money on fuel this year.

The study, carried out through OnePoll, found two-thirds (64%) drive an unleaded vehicle, while 22% drive a diesel.

One in ten have made the jump to a hybrid car, while just 4% have gone full electric.

Source: Read Full Article