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Biggest Christmas travel bugbears revealed

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One in six people have bickered with their partner about who will be the designated driver over the festive period, according to a new survey.

A poll of 2,000 drivers has found that other Christmas gripes 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.

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.

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

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

But 75 per cent 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 per cent expect to drive as much as they do every Christmas.

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

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

But 75 per cent 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 per cent expect to drive as much as they do every Christmas.

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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