Last Christmas Or Driving Home For Christmas?
Published: 12 December 2011 By Julian Stone Leave a Comment
Singing whilst driving is a well known past time, but with wintry weather drivers must focus their attention on the driving and not on the warbling. That said do you know the top 10 Christmas songs to sing-along to?
According to research by The Co-operative Motor Insurance, the Top 10 Christmas songs that road users love to warble along to are:
- Fairytale of New York – The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl
- I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard
- Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
- Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea
- Do They Know its Christmas – Band Aid
- Last Christmas – Wham
- All I Want for Christmas – Mariah Carey
- Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John & Yoko And The Plastic Ono Band
- Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
- Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews
Grant Mitchell, Head of Motor Insurance at The Co-operative Insurance, said: “The results of the survey show that the oldies are most definitely the goodies when it comes to Christmas driving songs with all of the classics making the list.
“Whilst we all enjoy a good sing-along it is important however for drivers to ensure that when they are driving that the road is the focus of their attention.
“With wintry weather setting in across the country and more people using the roads, especially in the evenings to complete all important Christmas shopping, the roads can be treacherous. Concentration is a must when driving in order to avoid road traffic accidents which are devastating, at any time of year.”
Interestingly enough, another survey by Aviva found that 78% of men in a relationship said they do the driving in poor weather compared with just 14% of women, while 18% of men said they share it equally.
However, when it comes to deciding who has a drink and who drives over the Christmas party season, it is a different story.
Approximately a third of women said they were most often the designated driver, compared with just over a quarter of men – suggesting a difference in ‘perception’ between the genders. Just under a fifth of men said they shared this role equally with their partner compared with just 12% of women.
Top tips for driving in winter weather
- Allow more distance between you and the vehicle in front. Stopping distances are longer in wet and icy conditions
- Reduce speed – start the journey off gently and get a feel for the conditions and drive accordingly
- Look carefully at what is happening on the road ahead of you to give yourself maximum time to react
- Put a ‘survival kit’ in your car in case you break down – this should include a blanket, food and drink
- Make sure your car has been serviced and ensure fuel levels are more than adequate for your journey
- Don’t play music too loud in the car as this can be distracting and encourage faster driving
- Never drink and drive
MoneyHighStreet comments: “Whether driving in winter or otherwise, if you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a car accident, make sure you’re prepared. That way you can deal with the accident itself as efficiently as possible, you can also take steps to make sure your insurance claim is as smooth as possible.
“To help you, we’ve put together a car insurance accident checklist. Follow it and you’ll be more likely get the best outcome from any car accident you’re involved in.
“By the way, a quick poll here in the office and our top Christmas song is ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’.”