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How far will UK adults travel this Christmas?

9 out of 10 adults in the UK are planning to travel more than 300 miles to celebrate Christmas, according to a poll.

In total, 339 miles are usually traveled in December alone, as people make the most of their freedom and go to parties, galleries and fun.

This equates to a total of 10.5 billion miles across the country, over 31 million motorists will be on the road.

Nearly 100 miles will be driven to visit friends and family, while another 110 miles will be covered buy for food and gifts.

To highlight the increase in pollution caused by high traffic over the Christmas period, energy supplier EDF created a Christmas Tree-V on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street – tram-powered and illuminated. Light changes color when smoke pollution is particularly severe.

The light display has been programmed to reflect live pollution data and change color from green to white, once the World Health Organization’s average annual limit for Pollution exceeded the level.

Philippe Commaret, customer executive director at EDF, which commissioned the study of 2,000 adults who attended the festival and owned a car, said: More and more motorists are choosing to drive electric, with COP encouraging more to consider the carbon impact of travel by Christmas this year.

“Thanks to our specially designed Christmas-V Tree, visitors to Glasgow city center will be able to see pollution levels change throughout the day as the lights change, helping people see the impact of choosing their own means of transportation.”

Of those traveling in December, 18% would drive to see the festive markets and 15% would normally go to see the Christmas lights.

Buying a Christmas tree, going to the cinema and seeing new productions at the cinema are also popular journeys made at this time of year.

The average driver will make five shopping trips over the Christmas period – with 64% of adults making the extra effort to visit the high streets online to buy their presents.

And of those who are visiting stores to buy gifts, many prefer to buy items in person – with 26% doing so as part of their Christmas tradition.

Among those who are using a car to travel, 46% say it is much more convenient to use during Christmas.

According to OnePoll data, 4 out of 10 people don’t have to worry about bringing a lot of shopping home if they drive in.

A quarter of adult drivers want to use their car to get around because of the limited availability of public transport.

However, among those aware of the Cop26 conference taking place in Glasgow, some say it makes them more likely to consider their carbon footprint when they travel – and more likely to switch to an alternative mode of transport to cut carbon emissions.

A spokesperson for EDF Energy added: “We are committed to making the transition to EVs as easy as possible for drivers and cutting their carbon footprint, from car rental transactions to charging points. at home and 100% EV zero carbon renewable tariff. ”

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https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/christmas-travel-family-friends-poll-b1973740.html How far will UK adults travel this Christmas?

JOE HERNANDEZ

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