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Driving Ho-Ho-Home For ChristmasBack

Trusted Dealers Survey Reveals Biggest Causes of Festive Feuds


As 20 million[1] of the UK’s drivers take to the roads for Christmas tomorrow, leading used car website Trusted Dealers, in partnership with the NFDA (National Franchised Dealers Association), has revealed the most forgotten items on family Christmas trips.

Clothes, car snacks, cabbage, Christmas presents and even the family Chihuahua are just some of the items left behind by the UK’s families embarking on car journeys to visit relatives at Christmas. The survey[2], conducted by Trusted Dealers, showed that:

  • Over a sixth of people have left their children’s Christmas presents at home
  • More than a quarter (26%) had forgotten clothes
  • Over a third (36%) left their toothbrush behind
  • A further 2% even admitted to leaving the family pet at home during the car-packing chaos!

Women surveyed stated the biggest cause of arguments when getting ready for a Christmas journey was remembering everything (45%), closely followed by fitting it all in the car (40%) and keeping to a time schedule (34%). For men, spending time with their in-laws is one of the biggest festive fears, with 36% saying it caused disputes before driving home for Christmas.

Following the results of this nationwide survey, Trusted Dealers has created the ultimate Christmas car-packing checklist to help deliver peace and goodwill to all men (and women) prior to the drive.

Trusted Dealers managing director, Neil Addley, said:

“Travelling at Christmas is certainly snow joke, with research showing journeys could take up to three times longer as roads become more and more congested, so forgetting the children’s presents is one stress families could do without.”

NFDA Director, Sue Robinson said:

“We’ve produced a handy checklist to help ease some of the arguments when packing up the car for those festive journeys and hopefully make sure no one leaves home without their presents or pets this Christmas!”

The survey revealed a number of Christmas stress stories from being forced to borrow a mother-in-law’s pantomime-style make up collection, to leaving the family dog at home in the garden and forgetting to pack your trousers. Mother of two, Mrs Vaughan, from Yorkshire remembers spending hours preparing the perfect gourmet red cabbage dish to take to her mother-in-law’s for Christmas:”

I was fastening the kids into their car seats so I balanced the cabbage on the car roof and in the chaos of trying to set off on time completely forgot I’d left it there, even when we heard a strange noise upon turning the first corner. Needless to say our Christmas dinner was missing the red cabbage and three days later we returned home to find it still sitting in the central reservation of our road.”

Tomorrow is expected to be the busiest day on the roads, when up to 20 million drivers are expected to start the Christmas getaway between 12pm and 5pm.

You can download the free Christmas Stressbuster checklist at

  1. Travelodge, 2014
  2. Trusted Dealers Motoring Panel, December 2014

Posted by Paul Carpenter on 01/12/2014