Driving: End of the family roast?

2012-09-04 14:25

Family get-togethers are being left by the wayside in the UK due to the rising cost of motoring, according to a driving-habits study by automaker Hyundai.

A poll showed six in 10 families have missed out on the traditional Sunday roast and 30% said they could no longer afford to regularly visit relatives.

A fifth of men polled admitted they would be happy to skip visits to mother-in-law and one in five families admitted cancelling visits to grandparents.


It’s not just family visits that are bearing the brunt of cost-cutting. According to the poll 35% of respondents said they had reduced the number of family nights out to pay for fuel. Another 14% admitted cutting back on groceries to run their vehicle.

Rising costs have led to two in five drivers skipping out on visiting relatives more than 240km away and one in five regularly switched off their engine in traffic jams.

Tony Whitehorn, CEO of Hyundai UK, said: “The research gave us a great insight into the issues drivers face. We were especially surprised to learn that one in 10 drivers would even cut out Christmas visits to relatives due to the cost.”

Despite budget cutbacks, travelling by car is still essential for families. More than 50% of drivers said they continued to travel long-distance despite the cost and 14% travelled even further.

Taking a train topped the list of alternative travel with 43% of respondents saying they would choose rail over road.