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Despite the cost and weather we still love to drive

Published 15/04/2015 | 02:30

The Wicklow mountains came out top in a survey of Irish motorists' favourite drives by Continental Tyres
The Wicklow mountains came out top in a survey of Irish motorists' favourite drives by Continental Tyres

We still love our drives in the car, a new survey shows.

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And we especially love a spin around the Wicklow mountains, it found.

Carried out by Continental Tyres, it revealed that the hills of the Garden County came top of the drive-list for 26pc of those who took part.

The Killarney National Park and The Burren in Co Clare came a close second and third on 22pc and 20pc respectively.

The survey also discovered that a drive to the seaside was most popular among motorists (24pc). It was followed by a mountain drive (21pc) and stopping off for a nice bit of lunch (20pc).

The weather plays a role in whether we go for a spin or not - but not an overwhelming one. More than half (56pc) said it wouldn't bother them while 44pc said it would keep them from taking to the road.

The 'Drives of Ireland' survey was carried out to mark the Continental road trip guide.

It comprises 12 scenic routes across areas of exceptional natural beauty here and in the UK.

Included in the routes are The Wild Atlantic Way which stretches from Donegal to Cork and the 'Dark Hedges' drive in Co Antrim.

Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland says that despite road rage, motoring costs and congestion the survey shows most of us still enjoy being behind the wheel.

Worth taking a look on www.ContinentalRoadTrip.com for details.

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