Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 14°C

Search

Breakdowns, booze and boredom driving us away from family Christmas

14:21 19 December 2015

Fewer people are driving home for Christmas than they were 10 years ago.

Fewer people are driving home for Christmas than they were 10 years ago.

supplied

Brits are less likely to drive to visit family this Christmas than they were 10 years ago.

And almost a fifth choose not to drive to relatives just because they won’t be able to drink alcohol.

And 25% choose not to visit family to avoid dull or awkward conversation, and 14% are simply put off by the fear of dangerous drivers on the road – double the proportion who said the same thing in 2005.

In a wide-ranging survey by breakdown cover provider Green Flag, it was also revealed that the most popular time to start the drive ‘home’ for Christmas is between 10am and 11am on Christmas Eve.

Since 2005 Brits have seen an increase in the average number of days they have off work over the festive period, but do not visit relatives for any longer than they did 10 years ago.

Richard Woolfson, family psychologist, said: “It is evident in the results that a vast majority are finding an excuse not to visit their family over the Christmas break and that confirms the stresses and strains of everyday life often relegate family gatherings to second place.

“That’s a pity because if you do make a special effort to drive home for Christmas, the chances are you’ll find it much more psychologically rewarding than you anticipated. The warmth of family life, and the excitement of catching up with everyone’s news, will give you a much more positive emotional experience than you imagine.”

Neil Wilson, Green Flag’s head of rescue and motor claims response, said: “It’s no surprise that long distances and traffic top the reasons why we are reluctant to drive to see our families. Breakdowns unfortunately do happen over the Christmas period – with stress levels high on the roads and in the home.

“While we can’t fix breakdowns in the home, we can help with those on the road.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

World-renowned architects are in the shortlist to design the Upper Orwell Crossing in Ipswich, it has been revealed.

Investigations are under way after a man died at a go-karting race circuit.

For 10 weeks this summer they were part of the furniture in Ipswich town centre, greeting commuters as they arrived at the station, making shoppers smile as they walked around town and bringing out the inner child in us all.

An accounts worker who stole thousands of pounds from an Ipswich building company over two years has been warned she could be given an immediate prison sentence.

Sponsored laps of the playground saw pupils at St Pancras Primary in Ipswich raise more than £2,300 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

It’s been nearly 50 years since women workers at Ford’s Dagenham plant went on strike for equal rights, writes Wayne Savage, who met two of them as a new production of Made In Dagenham comes to the New Wolsey.

Jewellery expert Geoffrey Munn has been a familiar face for many years on television screens as an Antiques Roadshow valuer.

An Ipswich mum whose baby was born 12 weeks early while abroad has spoken for the first time about her family’s “scary” experience.

An inmate is back in a secure jail after nipping out of Hollesley Bay open prison without permission to buy alcohol before trying to smuggle it back in.

The man whose body was found beside the River Orwell near Ipswich railway station has been named locally as Wayne Hughes.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24