With school holidays just around the corner, thousands of British families will be planning daytrips. However, with eight-out-of-ten (82 per cent) likely to take the car, many would steer clear of attractions that were inaccessible or did not provide facilities for motorists.
In fact, research on behalf of Green Flag Motoring Assistance found that almost two thirds (60 per cent) of motorists would avoid visiting an attraction where there was a lack of parking and over half (51 per cent) would shun somewhere if it was renowned for bad traffic. But the top turn-off when choosing a destination was the price of parking with seven out of ten (70 per cent) people stating they would avoid a place if the parking was expensive.
Location of parking is also a concern with over two thirds (69 per cent) of those questioned by the breakdown specialist claiming they would avoid a place completely if they could not park close to the attraction. Almost half found driving distance (49 per cent) and difficult road access (42 per cent) turn-offs when planning a trip. And to escape the queues at the end of the day, six-out-of-ten (62 per cent) admitted to leaving early and cutting their daytrip short.
In the survey of 1,300 people, museums and galleries were voted the least car-friendly places to visit by over half (51 per cent) questioned in the poll. Some two thirds (66 per cent) surveyed considered theme parks to cater best for motorists and at the other end of the scale, zoos, conservation parks, national parks and wildlife parks were all considered motoring havens with less than one-in-twenty finding them inaccessible for cars.
Green Flag found the top benefit of taking the car on a daytrip was freedom (87 per cent), with the ability to store items such as change of clothes for children coming a close second (71 per cent). More than half said that travelling by car was cheaper than public transport (51 per cent) and is convenient for taking a picnic along (55 per cent).
Surprisingly, distance is not a deterrent when considering places to visit as half (50 per cent) would drive up to 70 miles for a day out and three-out-of-ten people (30 per cent) would drive up to 100 miles from home.
Green Flag spokesperson, Philippa Naylor, commented: “It’s a good idea to check your destination for parking facilities before you plan your trip to make sure you don’t arrive and find there is little or expensive parking and check for traffic news before setting off so you don’t get stuck in any traffic jams and ruin your fun day out.
“Also remember to check the oil, water and tyre pressure before your journey to prevent any motoring mishaps which could have been avoided.”
Green Flag has checked out a few attractions to give you some suggestions for great car friendly days out:
England - South East
Sealife Centre, Brighton
Chessington World of Adventures
England - South West
Dartmoor National Park, Devon
Powderham Castle, Devon
Jurassic Coast, Devon
Eden Project, Cornwall
England - Midlands
Heritage Motor Centre, Warwickshire
Cadbury World, Birmingham
Alton Towers Theme Park, Staffordshire
Althorp House, Northamptonshire
England - North West
Chatsworth House, Bakewell
The Beatles Story and Albert Dock, Liverpool
England - North East
Alnwick Castle (The Harry Potter Castle, Northumberland)
England - Yorkshire
Magna Museum, Rotherham
National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford
Jorvik Viking Centre, York
Big Pit National Coal Museum, Torfaen
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World
Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park, Stirling
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·Prices correct as of 1 July 2006
·1,334 responded to a Tickbox.net survey conducted 26.06.06 – 03.07.06
·Green Flag has a 40-minute average call out time based on research undertaken between April 04 and March 05.
·More than 90 per cent of Green Flag customers get assistance within the hour.
·More than 80 per cent of vehicles are repaired at the roadside
·Customers have access to a national network of independent recovery agents with 6,000 qualified technicians in the UK and 15,000 on mainland Europe.
For further information contact Philippa Naylor at Green Flag on 0113 399 1387 (out of hours 07711 964 615).
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