Drivers avoiding overnight stays this ChristmasMany would rather drive than stay with family

25 December 2008

Driving is better than staying with friends and family for many

For many, driving is better than staying with friends and family

Almost 30% of motorists would drive up to 100 miles to avoid an overnight stay with friends or family this Christmas, according to a new survey.

The AA poll of more than 7,000 drivers found that 9% of men would prefer to take the car than risk an overnight stay with their in-laws.

And as many as 11% of those questioned would drive more than 100 miles to avoid any unwanted family reunions, with men more prepared than women to make long journeys.

Christmas journeys

But 45% of those polled said they would rather stay with family and friends than drive even relatively modest distances at Christmas.

A further 16% said they did not drive at all over the festive period.

The AA said this means roads will be fairly clear this Christmas and New Year, with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day the quietest.

New Year traffic

AA president Edmund King said: ‘Some drivers seem determined to drive long distances to avoid staying with families or friends at Christmas.

‘Almost one quarter of drivers will drive for more than 20 miles on Boxing Day but New Year's Day will be quiet with only 13% saying they will be taking to the roads.’

Many of the motorists on the roads over Christmas and New Year will be young, with around 22% of drivers on New Year’s Eve aged between 18 and 24.

According to the AA, this could lead to distractions as cars are packed with revellers, and problems with drink- or drug-driving.


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