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But Singing Christmas songs can help to save sanity on the roads!

UK motorists have cited ‘Driving home for Christmas’ as one of the biggest causes of stress over the festive season, according to the latest survey by leading used car portal

Almost three quarters (74 per cent) of the 1679 polled find motoring madness the most stressful part of Christmas as a massive 83 per cent spend time in the car visiting family around the country, and 1 in 10 (11per cent) risk the roads to see friends and loved ones.

Up to 70 per cent stated they spend more than five hours in their motors over the holiday season covering up to 400 miles on the aptly named ‘Roads to Hell, namely UK motorways.

Family feuds in the car was named the top cause of friction during festive driving by almost half (47 per cent), closely followed by running late and getting lost (35 per cent). Weather was a worry for 1 in 5 (21 per cent) and a quarter (25 per cent) named their imminent stay with the in-laws as an argument aggravator!

When quizzed about how they keep themselves and passengers entertained on the road, 82 per cent named listening to music and more than a quarter (27 per cent) admitted to singing Christmas songs to keep arguments and boredom at bay. In car DVD players are used by almost a third (31 per cent) whilst 1 in 5 (20 per cent) opt for traditional car games such as I-spy to while away the time and tension.

Katie Armitage, Marketing Manager for said: “It is no surprise that motorists find driving stressful over the Christmas season with the combination of bad weather, heavy traffic and being stuck with the family in a confined space for long periods of time.

Cars today however are much better equipped for long journeys and are often roomier, more comfortable and more likely to be filled with high tech gadgets to keep everyone entertained, such as in car DVD systems – but it is reassuring to know that motorists still pass their time in the traditional way, by singing Christmas songs!”

“On a more serious note, we advise all drivers to check their tyres, oil, water, washers and petrol before heading on long journeys. To ensure they are fully prepared everyone should pack a torch, hot drink in a flask, blanket, sat nav or map and snacks. “

To help minimise friction during Christmas car journeys, has compiled a list of the top 5 seasonal songs to keep drivers and passengers in perfect harmony;

1. All I want for Christmas – Mariah Carey
2. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
3. Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade
4. Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea
5. Do they know its Christmas Time – Band Aid

The network, which launched in January 2007 and includes Yahoo! Cars, Daily Mail, Desperate Seller, The Independent,, and Fifth Gear among others, is now visited by over 2.7 million car buyers every month.

It features nearly 200,000 used cars for sale from car retailers and private sellers across the UK and provides free history checks, advice and guidance covering every part of the car buying process to help motorists make informed choices about their next car.


For more information please Claire Davis at Acceleris Marketing Communications on 0845 4567 251 or email

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