School’s out and the summer holidays are in full swing. While some people head for faraway climes, a survey by motoring solutions specialist easytrip has confirmed that the trend for ‘staycationing’ is as strong as ever, with 65% of holidaymakers stating that this summer, they are staying put and embarking on a holiday break in Ireland.
Of those who intend to holiday in Ireland, the coastal counties are proving to be the preferred destinations with Cork, Galway, Kerry, Mayo and Wexford coming out on top. County Galway appears to be the most popular of all, with almost 30% of survey respondents planning to head ‘into the west’ this summer. 60% of respondents estimated that their car journey will take between three to four hours, with the majority (56%) travelling with family members to their holiday destination.
When it comes to travelling companions, a quarter of those surveyed identified ‘road ragers’ (people who get worked up about other drivers’ behaviour – and yours!) as the worst type of passenger to share a car with. As for their favourite type of passenger, laughter appears to be the best medicine for a long drive, with actor Chris O’Dowd (40%) and comedian Dara O’Briain (38%) getting the most votes.
Unsurprisingly, music came out on top as far as in-car entertainment goes, with more than 60% choosing to while away the hours on a road trip by playing the radio, CDs or playlists. When it comes to choice of music, U2 are the guys’ favourite with girls preferring Adele. Least popular, meanwhile, was One Direction! Interestingly in the age of tablets and portable DVDs, more than 25% of families play the old ‘eye spy’ game to keep children occupied on long journeys.
The easytrip survey also found that a flat car battery (32%) and running out of fuel (26%) were among the mishaps that motorists dread most.
In preparation for a long road journey, the survey found that:
86% Google their route in advance
74% fill the car up with fuel the day before
40% stock up with snacks and drinks
23% check oil, water and tyre pressure
Commenting on the survey, Ciara O’Brien, General Manager of easytrip, said: “We sometimes forget what a beautiful country we have on our doorstep so it’s fantastic to see so many people planning to soak up all that Ireland has to offer this summer.
“We would advise all holiday makers to pre-empt any glitches that could potentially ruin a trip by making sure your car is in top condition before setting off, planning your route in advance, taking regular breaks, especially when driving long distances, and above all by driving safely and patiently at all times.”