The AA is predicting a quieter Christmas on the roads this year, as motorists stay home in a bid beat the recession.
Some 65% of the 2,000 people surveyed by the motoring group said they would avoid travelling over the festive period.
And 18% who travelled last Christmas said they have changed their plans, and won’t be making journeys this year.
In addition, just 10% of those surveyed said they would be spending more than four hours in the car over Christmas, compared with 25% in 2007.
But the AA is still predicting heavy traffic around airports and on some of the country’s main roads, including the M1, A1, M6 and M5.
Monday 22 December is expected to be the busiest day in the lead up to Christmas, with major cities like London, Manchester and Bristol badly affected by traffic.
Winter driving warning
AA patrolman of the year Andy Taylor said that, although fewer drivers are expected on the roads this Christmas, driving in winter weather can still prove hazardous.
‘Punctures increase over the winter months when the roads are wet, as water and grime lubricate foreign objects, making it easier for them to penetrate the tyres. Ensure that you pack essentials for an emergency such as warm clothing and blankets,’he said.
All the latest car news
For daily consumer news, subscribe to the here.
If you have an older web browser you may need to copy and paste this link into your newsreader: https://www.which.co.uk/feeds/reviews/news.xml . Find out more about RSS in the Which? guide to news feeds.
Which? Car email
To be kept in the loop on all the manufacturer offers and great car deals we spot each week, sign up for our Which? Car email – delivered to your inbox every Friday, and including all our latest news and first drive reviews, too.