Is the car journey the worst part of your mini-break?

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Author: | Updated: 09 Aug 2016 10:59

81% of AA members have had a mini-break holiday or summer day trip ruined by the journey.

Motorway traffic

We’re already into August and the end of the summer holidays are rapidly approaching. Ahead of the upcoming August bank holiday, and with record numbers expected to get away either for a city break, visit to the seaside or a national park, the AA has conducted a survey on which factors most affect their member’s enjoyment of their mini-breaks.

Of the 21,877 AA members who were canvassed, a staggering eight out of ten have said that getting from A to B and back again was the worst part of the journey and 34% revealed that when they reached their destination they couldn’t find anywhere reasonable to park – a damning indictment not only of the UK road infrastructure’s inability to handle heavy amounts of traffic but town planners lack of foresight to accommodate tourists and day-trippers too.

Outside of this, 37% of drivers had their journey ruined by weather. Meanwhile one in ten drivers stated that getting lost en route or falling fall of their sat nav had ruined their trip.

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Pet hates

When it comes to being on the road, the surveyed members were quick to point out a litany of annoyances that will be familiar to every driver.

The following table shows the top five factors that most irritate AA members when driving during the summer:

Summer pet hate

% polled who considered this the most annoying aspect of other users in the  summer

Age group this most riled

Throwing rubbish out of the window

29%

45-54 (33%)

Groups of cyclists

22%

18-24 (26%)

Inconsiderate parking

14%

18-24 (24%)

Slow caravans

9%

35-44 (11%)

Loud music with the roof down or windows open

7%

65+ (9%)

What’s your biggest annoyance on the road when making plans for a day trip? Let us know in the comments

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