A new survey has found that almost 9 out of 10 drivers in Ireland will take to the roads by car this Christmas to visit friends and family with almost of half of those (46%) undertaking four road trips to see friends or relatives during the festive period. 

When it comes to the most popular celebrity jingle road trip companion President Michael D. Higgins tops the poll (46%) among 18 -24 year olds with Mrs. Brown proving to be a hit (39%) among 45-54 year olds.

The survey, carried out by Audi Ireland to celebrate the launch of the all new Audi Q3 SUV, also found that of those planning to visit family and friends this Christmas, 50% are planning to travel up to 100 kilometres and a further 20% say they will travel up to 200 kilometres which is equivalent in distance of family jingle road trip around the Ring of Kerry.

Top Festive Car Karaoke Tune

Singing along to the car radio was listed as a favourite activity to do while driving with 1 in 4 people claiming Chris Rea’s festive anthem ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ was their favourite seasonal driving song.

The Family Drive is still popular

Meanwhile, the survey also found that families in Ireland still enjoy going on a family drive each week with almost one third (32%) claiming that simply hitting the road and seeing where it takes them is the most desired route to take.

Quality Family Time

Understandably, the weekend is the most popular time for families to go on a drive, with 6 in 10 families doing this on a Sunday, citing it as an opportunity to spend quality time together and create new family memories.

With some journeys meaning families spend many miles and hours in the car, just over a third (35%) of families enjoy the drive as their favourite time to catch up and talk while one in five families prefer to take the time to sing along to their favourite songs on the radio.

Understanding the importance of a family drive, earlier this week Audi Ireland surprised a number of unexpecting children with an extra special festive road trip with Santa himself!

Check out the video below for all the festive fun.

To find out more about the second-generation new Audi Q3 family SUV visit www.audi.ie