Families hit by Easter gridlock

Research from the RSPB has suggested that the amount of time spent by families in traffic jams this Easter will have outstripped that spent outdoors.

Families visiting relatives this bank holiday will have spent an average of nine-and-a-half hours sat in a car, compared to less than five hours revelling in the fresh air of the great British countryside, a poll found.

Almost half of the 2,000 people surveyed by YouGov said they had planned to see their family over the Easter weekend.

Whether it's Easter, Christmas or just an average weekend, breakdown cover is essential to ensure families spend more quality time together than they do stranded on the motorway.

Many of those who snubbed the rural way of life this Easter said it was "too much hassle".

However, some 4% of those polled said they had planned to use the bank holiday to visit a theme park.

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