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Festive designated drivers reveal biggest headaches


Christmas deisgnated driver

Drunken passengers singing out of tune are one of the worst things about being a designated driver over the festive season, according to new research.

The poll by music streaming service Deezer revealed the extent of the problem because Christmas tunes are the nation’s favourite genre to sing to when drunk, followed closely by cheesy pop and loud rock.

However, it is females that are getting into the Christmas spirit the most, with 60% more women voting this as their drunken preference, compared to men.

If your designated driver is between the age of 35 and 44, then watch out, because this is the age group that that finds drunken backseat singers the most irritating (25%).

Interestingly, the older generation of 55+ were the most tolerant, with only 18% admitting to being annoyed by drunken singing passengers.

In an attempt to provide peace to all men and women who take one for the team and turn taxi driver for their party-going pals, Deezer have created the anti-singalong playlist, featuring songs that the UK has voted the hardest to singalong to.

Top five most difficult songs to singalong to…

  1. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (19%)
  2. Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights (18%)
  3. Adele – Hello (11%)
  4. The Darkness – Christmas Time (10%)
  5. Motorhead – Ace of Spades (9%)

And it isn’t just singing that gets on our nerves, the top five annoyances for the UK’s designated drivers are:

  1. Multiple stops at different houses (22%)
  2. Out of tune, drunk singing by passengers (21%)
  3. Unintelligent conversations with drunken passengers (21%)
  4. Argumentative drunk passengers (20%)
  5. Passengers refusing to wear a seatbelt (13%)

“This festive season we want to applaud all the designated drivers out there and make their lives easier by preventing boozy singalongs in the car, thanks to our anti-singalong playlist that has been chosen by Brits,” said Phil Moore of Deezer

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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