Day 22 3 SLEEPS UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY

Day 22 3 SLEEPS UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY

Are you getting excited?

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 22nd December 2018

New research suggests it takes 11 hours on average and covers 300 miles over the course of three different family gatherings. It is, of course, the Christmas drive. Collectively, we’ll drive 5.9 million miles over the festive period.

It’s the yearly pilgrimage almost everyone makes, to family and friends – unless you’re the ‘lucky’ one that everyone comes to. Some of us do multiple drives over several days. Either way, most of us up-sticks and take to the road.

Blended and extended families will see us driving far and wide for an average of three family Christmas gatherings over the period.

Travellers are also due for an average of two arguments over the course of this year’s Christmas journeys. Why? We’ll be getting lost (11 percent), breaking down (eight percent) and getting flat tyres (10 percent). All that can cause a bit of friction on the road.

There are other dangers, though, of which we are acutely aware. Icy roads are first and foremost on 67 percent of our minds, while traffic comes in at 32 percent and breakdowns at 24 percent. Note the above link and make sure you avoid the hot-spot times for getting stuck in traffic.

On average, each car doing the rounds this Christmas will have 10 presents in the boot. Keeping that average lower than it could be are the 11 percent of us that forget some (perhaps all?) of them.

The post Brits will drive 5.9 million miles to get home for Christmas appeared first on Motoring Research.

Britons spend 35 million hours a year looking for their parked cars, according to a survey of 2,000 drivers which also found that more than one third regularly forgot where their car is parked and on average “lose” their vehicle once a month.

A further one in 20 respondents said they struggled to locate their parked car on a weekly basis.

It commonly took them 10 minutes to find a lost parked vehicle, although five per cent of respondents admitted searching for over half an hour on occasion.

The research comes ahead of 22 December, Britain’s busiest shopping day before Christmas, where last minute gift buyers are expected to fill up car parks.

Multi-storey car parks were revealed as the most common location to lose a car, closely followed by shopping centre and supermarket car parks.

“The research highlights how common it is to forget where you parked, but modern in-car connectivity and smartphone apps let drivers use simple technology to mitigate against this sort of motoring pitfall,” said Arun Prasad, a spokesperson for Nissan GB, which commissioned the poll.

The survey also revealed other common places to lose a parked car were airports, town and city streets, and concert venues.

Women were more likely to forget where they parked with 72 per cent saying they had at some point lost their vehicle, compared to 58 per cent of men.

However, women took less time to find their cars, taking on average 8.8 minutes in comparison to men taking 11.9 minutes.

Despite in-car and smartphone technology enabling motorists to log their parked car, only nine per cent of respondents had ever used this to their advantage and tracked the location of their vehicle.

When it came to 25-34 year olds, 16 per cent, almost double the overall average said they had used a smartphone to find their car.

INSPIRATIONAL CHRISTMAS QUOTE FOR THE DAY

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.-  Will Ferrell, “Elf”

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOK

Angelina’s Christmas  – Katharine Holabird & Helen Craig

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BOOK For 5+ READERS

  The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus –by L. Frank Baum

CHRISTMAS NOVELS

Lanterns Across the Snow – Susan Hill

A RADIO TIMES CHRISTMAS COVER

 1969

CHILDREN’S ANNUAL

The Rupert Annual 2019

CHRISTMAS CAROL

Silent Nught

CHRISTMAS FILM

The Preacher’s Wife (1996)

HAPPINESS AT CHRISTMAS IS…

Happiness at Christmas is…spending Christmas with grandchildren

IT’S GRANDAD’S CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE OF THE DAY

What does Miley Cyrus have for her Christmas dinner? Twerky

AT CHRISTMAS LOVE IS…

At Christmas Love is…a christmas sleigh ride together

CHRISTMAS TRACK OF THE DAY

Highest Chart Position: No.1 (First time December 1984)

Do They Know It’s Christmas  – Band Aid

A CHRISTMAS ALBUM

A Motown Christmas – Various Artistes

WHAT DAY IS IT?

Saturday 22nd December 2018

Date Nut Bread Day

Forefather’s Day

 

 

 

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