Many drivers are most concerned about making sure their vehicle looks its finest, getting the best hydro dripping in London so their motor stands out in a crowd.

However, something they may also want to prioritise is their safety and should not step into a car that is being driven by a drunk driver.

It sounds obvious but recent findings have shown that 42 per cent of Brits have accepted a lift from someone who has been drinking, amounting to nearly 22 million people in the UK.

The research from Direct Line Car Insurance revealed that one in eight do so despite knowing the potential dangers, as they simply do not want to upset the driver by turning down the offer.

Rob Miles, director of car insurance at the financial services provider, said this is “extremely dangerous for drivers, passengers and all road users”.

He stated that everyone has a different tolerance to alcohol, so it is difficult to judge how intoxicated you are even if you have only had one drink.

“While you may feel fine, but your reaction times will be slower, and the risks of an accident are significantly increased,” Mr Miles stated.

He also emphasised the repercussions of being found over the limit, including prosecution and a driving ban, as well as higher car insurance costs.

According to the survey, nearly a third of people who have accepted a lift from a drunk driver did so because they were also intoxicated.

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, 240 people were killed and 1,260 were seriously injured as a result of drink drive accidents in 2016, and more than 70,000 people are caught every year over the alcohol limit.

Therefore, Mr Miles said the safest thing to do if you and the designated driver are having a drink is to use public transport instead.