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Holiday Autos Driving Home for Christmas Survey Results


17 December 2014

In the immortal words of Alanis Morissette, isn’t it ironic? It turns out, ‘Driving Home for Christmas’, the classic track by Middlesbrough singer and guitarist Chris Rea, is not the favoured driving song of people in UK and Ireland, according to our recent ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ survey.

Holiday Autos quizzed people from the UK and Ireland about their typical Yuletide experience and received some rather unexpected results!

• 12% of people have to travel by aeroplane to see their family over Christmas.

• 15% of Northern Irish residents have to travel 150-199 miles to see family at Christmas.

• 47% of the UK population surveyed follow the exact same Christmas routine every year.

• More females than males wear the trousers when it comes to deciding where to spend Christmas, with 27% of females claiming to make the Christmas decisions, compared to 22% of males.

• Over 65% of over 65 year olds have the same set tradition for how they spend Christmas day every year.

• 23% of people have had a ‘disagreement’ with their partner about who to visit at Christmas, and 16% have had a full blown argument.

• 7% of people surveyed have broken up with a partner over arguing whose family to spend Christmas with.

• Christmas arguments are the most rife in the 25-24 age group, a quarter claiming to have argued about whose family to spend Christmas with. 13% of this age group have also actually broken up with their partners as a result!

• 73% of over 65 year olds have never argued with their partner about where to spend Christmas.

• Over a third (34%) of people surveyed spend Christmas day at their own home with just their partner and/or immediate family, a quarter (25%) play host to their wider family, and over a fifth (21%) see one family on Christmas day and one family on Boxing Day.

• A fifth of 18-24 year olds spend half of Christmas day with one family, and half with their partners’.

• Overall, the UK’s favourite Christmas driving song is The Pogues, Fairytale of New York, which received 27% of the vote.

• In the 18-24 age bracket, Mariah Carey’s ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ won best driving song with 32% of the vote.

• For the 65+ age bracket, Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas everybody’ is the winning driving song with 21% of the vote.

• 10% of people surveyed claimed to have forgotten their family’s Christmas gifts after embarking on the Christmas drive!

• Females are the most forgetful at Christmas, with 11% forgetting the presents, their toothbrush, and the Christmas cards when travelling to see families!

• Cold weather conditions are people’s pet hate whilst driving at Christmas, 37% saying that this is the worst thing about driving.

• When asked about Christmas in general, the majority of people said that the most annoying thing was how busy the shops are (27%).

• Almost a fifth (19%) of people surveyed said that the most annoying thing about Christmas is the amount of money that you have to spend.

• For the 25-24 age bracket, their worst part about Christmas is not having enough time off work.

• 16% get annoyed at the prospect of being made to see family members that you don’t usually see throughout the year, at Christmas.

• Males look forward to seeing family the least, almost a fifth (19%) of this gender state they don’t enjoy seeing the family members they don’t usually see during the rest of the year at Christmas.

• Over 65 year olds enjoy seeing their family the most at Christmas, with 91% enjoying spending time with the family members that they don’t see very often.

• Almost a quarter (23%) of 45-54 year olds state that they don’t enjoy seeing their family members at Christmas.

• 14% of the overall population surveyed claimed to look forward to seeing their own mother’s the least at Christmas – this is double any other family member, and is the same for both males and females!

• Over a quarter (26%) of 18-24 year olds look forward to seeing their mothers the least, over double any other family member! Uncle’s come second for this age group, with 12% of the vote of who people of this age don’t want to see.

• Sister-in-laws are the most dreaded family members for 55-64 year olds (10%), and sisters are the most dreaded for, 65+ year olds, with 10% of the votes also.

• 10% of females dread having to see their mother-in-laws, whereas 7% of males don’t like having to socialise with their sisters.

• 28% of Northern Irish residents regard their sister-in-laws as the family member they look forward to seeing the least.

• The majority of the UK population surveyed (37%) eat an average of two Christmas dinners every year. 22% eat three, and 11% eat four! 4% eat over six!

• 6% of 18-24 year olds eat over six Christmas dinners, a fifth of this age group eat three.

• A huge 17% of Northern Irish residents eat over six Christmas dinners!