Published Tuesday, 07 August 2012
Despite rising fuel costs, NI motorists love going for a spin. (© Getty)
A majority of motorists have taken their vehicle a run without going anywhere in particular, the latest AA/Populus survey showed.
And 72% of those living in Northern Ireland are most likely to have just gone for a drive - the highest out of all the UK regions.
Scotland, and north east England are next at 63% while Londoners lag behind at 47%.
As many as 23% of the 20,000 AA members polled take their car out for a spin at least once a month, while 10% do it weekly.
Sixty-two per cent of young drivers in the 18-24 age group are happy to jump into the car and go for a drive compared to older motorists.
Thirteen per cent of the 18-24 category did this at least once a week.
AA president Edmund King said: "Despite cones, congestion, clamping and high costs, drivers' love affair with the car and driving continues."
He added: "We hear stories that younger people are more interested in social media than driving but our poll seems to suggest that younger drivers are more likely to drive, just for the sake of it, than other drivers."