Squabbles, screaming and stationary traffic are all the traumas of road trips that may come to mind when you’re preparing to embark on a car journey.
The vast majority of Brits have even said they’ve had a day trip ruined before it’s even begun by a terrible car trip – with heavy traffic being the biggest reason why.
81% of people polled for an Automyze survey admit the whole trip has been spoiled by the actual journey, with 52% of them blaming stressful traffic jams.
However, a new survey has disputed this, revealing that many of us don’t mind being cooped up in a car for a while and actually find the journey a great opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family.
There may be the odd argument over directions and suspect music choices, but 62% of people love spending time travelling with friends or family in the car.
Many use the opportunity to have a catch-up, with the most common in-car conversations to do with work and children – both accounting for 34% of journey chats.
Love lives were also found to be a popular subject matter to discuss while behind the wheel, with 16% of respondents to The Hertz Quality Time Report – using figures from YouGov – saying they had either given or received dating advice while on the road.
While others (13%) discussed significant new life events like their desire to get a new pet or telling other passengers about their exciting holiday.
As well as chit-chat, everyone enjoys a good road trip soundtrack. Pop music is the genre of choice, with 29% of people saying it was their preference.
Only 16% of people claimed to prefer indie and rock music, while just 1% listened to hip-hop.
David Rowland, general manager of Hertz International, said: “Despite our lives being overrun with digital distractions like social media, tablets and smartphones, we’ve found that a huge number of people in the UK still enjoy spending quality time with friends and family in the car.
“Long journeys in the car are a great opportunity to catch up on people’s lives.”