Brits come up with bizarre excuses to escape social obligations at Christmas.

SIXT can provide a festive getaway

SIXT can provide a festive getaway

New research from the car rental company SIXT UK has revealed that 38 per cent of Britons feel as if they have to attend Christmas get-togethers, even if they do not want to.

Those who have made a premature exit have used dubious excuses including 'I need to wash my hair', 'My home is flooded' and 'I need to clean my granny's gutters'.

Nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of those polled explained that they are more likely to find an excuse to leave a party at Christmas than any other time of the year - with crowds (58 per cent), high prices (48 per cent) and exhaustion (49 per cent) cited as the main reasons for making a swift exit.

Some even leave festive bashes without saying goodbye, with those aged between 18 and 24 (35 per cent) the worst culprits for doing so.

Andrew Smith, Managing Director of SIXT UK, said: "We’ve all been there – stuck at a social gathering when we’d rather be at home in front of the TV. Even if it is the most wonderful time of the year, there are some obligations that leave us scrambling for an escape. The funny, bizarre and downright brilliant excuses used to flee a festive function have now been revealed. And if you’re in need of a quick getaway this year we have all your mobility needs covered.

"If you’re planning to leave early from a Christmas party, we understand. And a quick escape from any situation couldn’t be easier than with the SIXT app, offering a premium fleet and thousands of branches across the country, whether it’s car rental, car sharing, ride-hailing, e-scooters and car subscriptions."