AA Ireland today announces the results of its annual poll to identify the top motoring gifts for Christmas 2011. Taking first place this year is the Satellite Navigation System making somewhat of a come back on last year when it ranked fifth.
A winter driving kit (deicer, scraper, torch, foldaway shovel etc.), a new entry to the AA’s short list this year went straight in to claim second place suggesting that the unprecedented weather of this time last year is far from forgotten. A hands free kit was voted the third most popular gift followed by the AA’s €99 Gift Membership in fourth.
Another seasonal gift to go straight into the top five as a new entry was snow socks. AA Patrols who have received a stream of queries from Members about the use of snow socks over the past few months do however urge motorists to understand their limitations before they use them. Advice on when and how to use snow socks can be found in the AA Winter Zone at www.aaireland.ie/wintertips
Another highly topical stocking filler for this year, a DIY breathalyzer, ranked 9th in the AA’s Christmas Gift Poll beating more frivolous motoring gifts such as a car seat massager and customized steering wheel cover.
“We’re now in the throes of the Christmas party season and we’d remind motorists that it takes your liver approximately one hour to break down one unit of alcohol.” Says Conor Faughnan, Director of Policy, AA Ireland. “Breathalyzer test kits are available from most good pharmacies at a relatively low cost and are certainly a handy thing to have if you’re uncertain of your blood alcohol levels the morning after the night before.”
Not unsurprisingly an inflatable car toilet which was met with incredulity by most of the polls 11,900 respondents was the least coveted item. They are reality not fiction however. In 2007 Japan’s Kaneko Sangyo Co. launched a line of portable car toilets complete with privacy curtain with earthquakes and severe traffic jams in mind.
“While we may be lacking in motorway service stations, something tells us inflatable toilets won’t take off in Ireland any time soon, excuse the pun, let alone make someone’s Christmas!” Says Faughnan.
The AA’s Annual Christmas Gifts Poll also attracted some comedic write-in suggestions from participants including a chauffeur, a gag for the back seat driver and no snow!
AA Christmas Gift Membership which comes in a beautiful presentation box can be purchased at: www.aaireland.ie/membergift or by calling 1800 456 777.
Notes to the editor;
Fig. 1 Top Christmas motoring gifts as voted by AA Motoring Panel Poll participants during November 2011 (11,900 responses)
Fig. 2 Top Christmas motoring gifts as voted by AA Motoring Panel Poll participants during November 2010 (6,600 responses)