Drivers set for 6.3 billion-mile roadtrip

Research has revealed that UK drivers will cover 6.3 billion miles by car over the Christmas period.

According to Kwik Fit, between 21 December and 2 January the average driver will make three trips during that time, although over one million people will be making a massive 11 or more holiday journeys by car with around 800,000 people travelling more than 1,000 miles.

Despite this, over a third say they won’t make any checks on their vehicle before setting off. Research found that of those travelling over 500 miles by car, less than half (46%) said they would be checking their tyre pressures and only a third (34%) would check their tyre tread. Fewer than two in five drivers will check their screen wash level (39%) with even fewer checking their oil level (37%) or coolant (27%).

Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, said: “Our research has shown that the vast majority of us will be taking to the roads at some point over the festive period, but worryingly, many drivers will not be ensuring that their car is prepared for the journey.  Christmas Eve is going to be a very busy day on the roads, but most garages will be closed so we are encouraging motorists to check their car well in advance to make sure there are no unpleasant Christmas surprises.”