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UK drivers more likely to lose their car

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A recent survey carried out by has shown that; 56% of UK drivers have, at some point, forgotten where they have parked their car. Furthermore, 3% have picked up the phone to ask their breakdown service to help them find it. More than 50 in 2,000 drivers in the UK admit to making that call according to the survey which was carried out for

The survey reveals some of the mistakes made by UK drivers, which have led them to phone for their breakdown service.

25% of drivers have locked their keys in the car and 10% of drivers have had to call for their breakdown service to help them sort the problem out.  Putting the wrong fuel in the car has happened to more than 10% of us, with half of those affected, (5%), also calling for assistance from a breakdown service to put things right. A small number of UK drivers also admit to calling the breakdown service, not just when their car fails but when they get lost (3.5%), lose their car (3.5%) or even when the sat nav is playing up (2%).

Needing help changing a wheel (21%) and topping up oil or engine coolant (13%) are other reasons why drivers have called out their breakdown service.

A whopping 78% of women have run out of petrol, with 69% of men admitting that gaffe. 9% of men and 5% of women have called their breakdown service to help them when their fuel ran dry. This is based on the assumption we’ve managed to put the correct fuel in the car in the first place: more than 14% of men have put the wrong fuel into the car, compared to just 8% of women.

When it comes to forgetting where we’ve parked, the women fare worse than the men with 63% of women owning up to losing track of where they parked, compared to 43% of men.

However, forgetting where you have parked is better than forgetting that you own a car. Jermaine Pennant, a Stoke City Football Player recently made headlines when he left his £98,000 Porsche at a train station in Spain, with reports suggesting he forgot he owned one. However he states that he deliberately left it there so he could make a plane to get to England to sign for Stoke, although he was left with £408 worth of parking fines.

Ian Donaldson, Managing Director of Autonet, said, “This survey just goes to show how important breakdown cover is, and how many people rely on it. It can be difficult when you’re in an embarrassing situation, but it is good to know people are there who can help. What’s better is breakdown companies like the RAC are there not just for minor things, but also for the big problems you can experience in motoring. Unfortunately though, as good as companies like the RAC are, they can’t help you remember where you parked”

Almost a quarter of men and just under a quarter of women do not have any breakdown cover according to the survey of 2,000 drivers, which was carried out at the end of May 2011.

  By Ben Malkin
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