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Quiet roads predicted for Christmas

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A poll by a car insurance firm has predicted that the roads will be relatively quiet over Christmas and New Year.

Some 16% of motorists said they would not drive at all over the festive period, according to an AA/Populus survey of more than 7,000 motorists.

And 45% of those polled said they preferred an overnight stay with family and friends rather than driving even relatively modest distances at Christmas.

But nearly 30% of motorists said they would drive up to 100 miles to avoid staying with family and friends over Christmas. As many as 11% would drive over 100 miles to avoid any unwanted family reunions, with men more prepared than women to make long journeys.

AA president Edmund King said: "Some drivers seem determined to drive long distances to avoid staying with families or friends at Christmas.

"A good proportion of those saying they would be out on the roads over Christmas and New Year are in the younger age groups."

© Press Association 2008