By Denna Bowman
Take two parents, two young children, a six and a half hour car journey, a beach, a fruit pastille and you have got perfect family day out, according to a leading tyres manufacturer.
Continental tyres has compiled the research to launch its Great Days Out initiative and it’s a mine of useful information for families.
Researchers found that parents wanting a stress-free day out with the kids should leave home at 8.37am and travel no more than 52 miles.
The ideal day out will also require around six and a half hours at the beach, theme park or zoo with the children taking part in at least three different activities.
The temperature during the day should be a balmy 20ºC and a party of two adults and two children around the age of eight will also ensure the day is enjoyable.
The stats – which were converted into a formula of [(T+J) / D x (G+W)] – S = 1.0 – were compiled following a study of 2,000 families by Continental to launch their www.ContiGreatDaysOut.co.uk initiative.
More than four in ten (41 per cent) said the ideal car for a great day out would be in a family hatchback, with nearly half (47 per cent) favouring pop as the music to listen to in the car.
Fruit pastilles were hailed as the ideal treat for the journey, followed by mints and hard-boiled sweets.
The research also found that the most popular spot for a day trip was the beach (22 per cent) followed by a theme park (19 per cent) and a zoo (11 per cent).
The majority (56 per cent) of Brits opted for taking snacks to munch on and bought other food at their destination while a third (32 per cent) packed everything they would eat and drink for the day.
The research found London, Blackpool and Bournemouth as being the most popular places to visit in the UK.
On average families have six days out together every year and children quiz parents with: ‘Are we there yet?’ after just 28 minutes of being in the car.