HO HO SLOW! Gridlock on December 24th at 11:42am set to turn the nation into Grinches

HO HO SLOW! Gridlock on December 24th at 11:42am set to turn the nation into Grinches

● 11.42am on Christmas Eve is the time that the roads will be busiest this Christmas

● More than half of the population will be travelling to see friends and family

● A quarter (26%) will be spending Christmas with friends instead of family, but sadly, with no-one to visit, 11% won’t be going anywhere

Car buying expert, Zuto, has revealed there will be travel chaos on December 24th at 11:42am, as 9.9 million drivers set off on the long drive home for Christmas.

Annual gridlock has become one of many festive traditions we’ve learnt to stomach, just as we do with awkward small talk with distant relatives and overcooked Brussels sprouts.

While Christmas is often assumed to be a family affair, over a quarter (26%) of those polled will be driving to celebrate festivities with friends instead. More traditionally, the results also showed that 34% will be driving to visit parents. But it’s not just the offspring doing all the work, as a similar number (32%) of parents will be driving to see their children this Christmas, too.

Nearly a third (29%) of the nation will be travelling more than 50 miles to celebrate festivities, while those from York will be travelling furthest, with 28% driving 90 miles or more to get ‘home’ this Christmas.

No matter which loved ones we’re travelling to see, it seems many of us (67%) are doing so with our significant other, and over a third (36%) of festive-travellers will be driving with their children in tow. To make the most of the time spent with loved ones en-route, Zuto has come up with some top tips to keep your passengers occupied in their blog post.

While for many of us, the festive season means quality time with family and friends, sadly, one in ten (11%) polled said they won’t be going anywhere, as they have no-one to visit. A further 12% of those staying at home said they wouldn’t even be contacting anyone, let alone visiting, a stark contrast to the 68% of respondents who said they’d be picking up the phone instead of driving elsewhere.

James Wilkinson, CEO for Zuto, said of the results: “It’s really heart-warming to see that we’re all still taking the time out of the festive season to travel to see loved ones, even if it means sitting in gridlock en route. As our recent ‘Happy Drivers’ survey showed, the majority of people enjoy being behind the wheel. We wanted to ensure that the festive drive doesn’t become more stressful than it need be, and the nation’s love of driving continues. We’ve offered some ideas to keep passengers entertained so the season can remain a merry occasion!”

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