Half of drivers say they would choose a friend or family member as their ultimate post-lockdown road trip passenger

Stephen Fry crowned dream car passenger in poll

James Carter
Authored by James Carter
Posted: Monday, September 7, 2020 - 11:36

Half of drivers say they would choose a friend or family member as their ultimate post-lockdown road trip passenger, according to new AA Driving School research.

An AA poll of 16,400 members found that 49% would want a friend or relative as their dream passenger on a drive after lockdown. The survey results were split into two top-ten categories for celebrity or family and friend dream passengers.

Romantic relationships ranked top in the family and friend league tables with wives, husbands and partners taking the top three places.

In the top ten for family and friends, nearly two fifths (38%) voted to have their wives next to them on a drive, followed by 12% asking for their husbands and one in ten requesting their partner (10%). Mothers ranked fourth with 9% of the votes and friends / best friends came in fifth in the tables.

National treasures Stephen Fry, Sir David Attenborough and Sir Winston Churchill made up the top three for celebrities, followed by musical legend Elvis Presley and Jesus Christ. Other top-voted passengers included The Queen, Nelson Mandela and drivers’ own dogs.

Sarah Rees, AA Driving School managing director said: “Many people will have missed the freedom of taking their car out for a drive during lockdown and staycations were certainly popular this summer, so maybe it’s a great time to think about future road trips.

“While you might want to pick Stephen Fry’s brains or listen to the soothing commentary of Sir David Attenborough, at the end of the day people will always rather see their friends and family in the passenger seat.

“Some people would even like to take their dog for a spin in the car as their favourite passenger. The star of the AA’s new advert Tukker is a four-legged friend who has proven just as popular with AA members.

“The current massive demand for driving lessons and tests shows that they are many more potential drivers out there just waiting for the chance to give their favourite passengers a ride.”

Top 10 - celebrities

  1. Stephen Fry
  2. Sir David Attenborough
  3. Sir Winston Churchill
  4. Elvis Presley
  5. Jesus Christ
  6. Peter Kay
  7. Billy Connolly
  8. David Bowie
  9. Jeremy Clarkson
  10. Michael Palin

Top 10 - family and friends

  1. Wife
  2. Husband
  3. Partner
  4. Mother
  5. Friend / best friend
  6. Father
  7. Other family member
  8. Daughter
  9. Son
  10. Sister
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