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New research has found that seven in 10 UK drivers intend to make a road trip of more than an hour this winter. Only 31 percent of these having made the same journey last year when Covid-19 restrictions meant many people couldn’t travel to spend Christmas with loved ones.

Around 75 percent of drivers plan to be getting behind the wheel to visit family and friends, with over half of drivers planning a trip of two hours or more this winter.

Almost 10 percent of motorists will be heading to a holiday destination in the UK.

Surprisingly, 12 percent of drivers planning a trip this year have never taken a journey in the winter by car before.

Neil Atherton, Sales and Marketing Director at Autoglass, commented on the intention of drivers and warned them how to properly prepare before going on their journey.

He said: “People all around the UK will be looking forward to driving home for Christmas this year, but what they might be less enthusiastic about is the heavy traffic that will stand in their way.

“Due to the restrictions over the last couple of years, many drivers have not taken long car journeys in the winter for some time and should therefore take particular care when on these journeys, especially in cold and icy conditions.

“It is important that people check their vehicle is ready for a long drive this Christmas by checking the tyres, ensuring the wipers are operating correctly and making sure any chips in the windscreen are repaired by a specialist before setting off.

“The last thing anyone wants is a cracked windscreen.”

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In colder conditions, chipped windscreens can develop to much more damaging cracks, and almost 40 percent do not know that in most cases chip repairs are covered by insurance.

In fact, a windscreen chip repair is often free or costs as little as £10, depending on insurance and glass cover.

Motorists are being urged to remain cautious on the roads, especially with unpredictable weather expected in some areas.

With millions of drivers undertaking a festive winter road trip, Your Red Car have compiled a list of some of the most seasonal scenic selections.

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