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Arguing biggest road trip bugbear

Two children in car back seats28/5/14

By Helen Smyth

Back seat arguments between siblings has been revealed as the biggest annoyance for parents on long car journeys.

The report from Vauxhall Motors was aptly titled Are We Nearly There Yet? with this being the question that frequently infuriates around 45% of respondents.

Regularly being asked to pull in for a toilet stop was cited by almost 40%; a third are persistently concerned about young passengers suffering with motion sickness and 22% do not enjoy having to fiddle around with musical requests.

The survey also asked about the methods adults use to keep their youngsters entertained and found 93% of five to 18-year-olds now use hi-tech phones or tablet devices on long journeys. 

Road trips 'a staple part of British life'

An in-car DVD player is used by 27% of adults, but these modern distractions have not quite killed off old favourites such as number plate games - with 87% saying they start up such entertainment on the road. 

MD and chair Tim Tozer said: "As Vauxhall Motors leads the car industry with advances in technology, including satellite navigation systems, IntelliLink and Siri Eyes Free, journeys are easier. 

"Family road trips to the seaside or visiting family remain a staple part of British life."

The researchers made a top-10 list of games to play in the car, which was headed by the classic I-Spy. Nominating things for passengers to spot came next, followed by a one-minute challenge to spot different car makes. 

Many travellers will have seen excitable kids waving at them through the back window, and this appears to be the fourth most popular distraction. 

Creating an alphabet from number plates and 'car snooker' came next in the list. 

Occupying youngsters

Some parents set maths tests in the car, combined with card games, a cricket registration plate spotting game and spying Eddie Stobart lorries. 

Elsewhere on the list of tricks parents use to occupy youngsters is offering food (22%), and playing music (19%).

Some 15% suggest games, 8% used recorded books and 7% have toys on standby.

People with a baby under one will hazard a maximum journey of four hours on average, the research found, but those with children aged 12 and over are happy to drive for six.

Almost 45% of people with kids have motored all the way to the continent with them in tow. 

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