Majority of UK motorists planning holiday, says research

25th June 2012

The number of drivers heading to the continent and beyond could be set to rise substantially this summer, according to new research from TomTom.

According to a poll conducted by the satellite navigation specialists, 79 per cent of respondents are planning to head abroad this summer.

This is up on the previous summer, when 74 per cent of those quizzed said they were set to travel away for the summer holidays.

In many instances, these respondents may hit the road as part of a trip to the likes of France and Spain, with holidaymakers eager to cut costs on flights, while also giving themselves more control by either driving or renting a vehicle.

According to the research, 18 per cent of those answering the survey planned to rent a car for part of their trip.

A spokesman for TomTom said: "Money is tight but enough is enough and a lot of those who gave up their summer holidays last year and ended up in British drizzle are not prepared to do the same this year, it seems.

"We hope everyone has a great time but be careful."

In the event of travelling around Europe, the Institute of Advanced Motoring has called on drivers to ensure they pack spare tyres and be sure to adhere to national road rules.

From July 1st, all motorists travelling in France will be required to carry a breathalyser.

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