More women ‘designated drivers’ over Christmas

When couples need a “designated driver” after a night out, it is usually the woman who takes the wheel, according to an AA/Populus survey.

Nearly 17,000 drivers were asked who was most likely to drive home after an event where drinks were available.
Overall, 70% said it would be a woman, with as many as 85% of the women surveyed saying they expected to drive.

While only 67% of Londoners in the survey said a female was likely to drive, this figure rose to 73% among north-east England respondents.

AA president Edmund King said: “Our poll clearly shows that it is the woman in the driving seat after a night out. This is somewhat ironic because when the opportunity to drink is not on offer, it is normally the male who races to get behind the wheel.

“We have to ask whether this means that men set out to be designated drivers, and end up being ‘rescued’ by their wives and girlfriends when they succumb to temptation or peer pressure to drink. At this time of year, we should salute our dedicated designated drivers of either sex.”

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