A fifth will argue about the ‘designated driver’ this Christmas

Christmas designated drivers

New research reveals our expectations over Christmas in terms of a ‘designated driver’. A fifth predict they’ll argue about it, while three-quarters expect they’ll be driving and forgoing drinks at some point over the festive period.

The Euro Car Parts poll investigated British drivers’ relationship with alcohol over the Christmas period. It found that more than a quarter plan to leave their car so they can have a drink this Christmas.

As for who drives, 41 percent say family members will ‘take it in turns’. Fully 31 percent of men said they get named the designated driver as they’re ‘the most confident driver in the family’. Equally, 40 percent said they expect to be driving on up to three separate occasions.

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“For many people across the UK, Christmas can involve a lot of time on the roads travelling around to see family members,” said Chris Barella of Euro Car Parts.

“It’s important that safety always remains a concern and the best way of ensuring this is to decide on a designated driver from the outset.

“We know how frustrating it can be for some people to lose out on the chance to enjoy a festive drink, so that’s why we want the British public to put forward their designated drivers this Christmas and reward those who take up the important role.”

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It’s safe to say that Christmas is no time for driving for many: 42 percent said they expect to drink up to three units of alcohol on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day will be even juicier, with 48 percent expecting to consume up to six units.

The drink-drive limit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80mg of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath, or 107 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine. How  drink affects you is based entirely on a variety of factors, including weight, age, sex, metabolism, what you’re drinking, what you’ve eaten and even your mood.

For drivers, the best advice is to not drink at all.