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Eight in ten Brits have summer day trips ruined by a bad car journey

Friday 12 August 2016, By AutoVolo

Eight in ten Brits have summer day trips ruined by a bad car journey

Eight in ten Brits have summer day trips ruined by a bad car journey

A vast majority of Brits who set out on day trips or summer mini-breaks have had their experiences ruined before even reaching their destination, a new survey has revealed.

In a survey conducted by Automyze, the AA’s car management website, 22,877 AA members were asked about their driving experiences. Some 81 per cent of those asked claimed that the car journey to their holiday destination had ruined the whole trip.

Of those questioned, 52 per cent said that heavy traffic was the reason for the most anguish while travelling to a destination.

The annoyance didn’t stop there, with 34 per cent of participants admitting that once they’d arrived at their end location, they couldn’t find anywhere to park. Another 10 per cent failed to even reach their destination, claiming that they’d got lost while en-route.

Lucy Burnford, director of Automyze, said: “Brits are great opportunists, and often take advantage of the UK’s sporadic days of head to go on mini-breaks or drive to the coast.

“While images of knotted handkerchiefs and fish and chips may conjure up the British summer of old, perhaps lines of traffic backed up in seaside towns is today’s more accurate depiction.”

Drivers aged 65 and over found those who play loud music with their car’s windows down to be of the greatest annoyance, while those aged between 45 and 54 were riled by other motorists who threw rubbish out of the car.

Large groups of cyclists wound up those aged between 18 and 24, with those between the ages of 34 and 44 annoyed by other cars towing caravans.