Top 10 reasons drivers are embarrassed about their cars

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Gareth Herincx

2 days ago
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One in six motorists are self-conscious of their car and almost half feel their motor deserves more care than it’s currently given, according to a new study of 2,000 drivers.

More than a third are simply embarrassed by the mess their car is in, 41 per cent reckon they are “terrible” at washing their motor, while 54 per cent are left red-faced by the scuffs and scrapes they’ve accumulated over the years.

“We’re so reliant on our vehicles yet they don’t always get the care they deserve,” said Dominika Smolinska from car care product company Armor All, which commissioned the study.

“This research has given us a very interesting insight into what makes people feel embarrassed about their cars – however, one thing people are in control of is cleaning their vehicle.”

Top 10 reasons drivers are embarrassed about their cars

  1. It was really old
  2. It was just an ugly car
  3. It had scratches on it
  4. It was rusty
  5. I didn’t like the colour
  6. It was covered in dents
  7. It was too small
  8. It was an ‘embarrassing’ brand of car
  9. It made a strange noise from the engine
  10. It was filthy on the outside

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Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who’s worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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Gareth Herincx

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Travelling in the snow, reversing around a corner and overtaking cyclists are among the most uncomfortable scenarios for motorists, new research has revealed.

A study of 2,000 drivers by flexible car insurance firm Cuvva found one in 10 dislikes or hates driving and nearly a quarter (24%) feel less confident now than they before the pandemic as a result of driving less over the last 18 months, with 16% going as far as to say they have ‘forgotten’ how to drive.

Top 25 things drivers feel most uncomfortable doing

  1. Driving in snowy conditions
  2. Driving in a new town or city
  3. Roads where there are lots of lanes and you need to be in the right one
  4. Driving in the dark
  5. Driving in wet and rainy conditions
  6. Lorries
  7. Overtaking cyclists
  8. Areas where there is lots of traffic
  9. Motorways
  10. Parallel parking
  11. Reverse parking
  12. Areas where there are lots of children (e.g. near schools)
  13. Country roads
  14. Roundabouts generally
  15. Areas where there are lots of pedestrians
  16. Changing lanes
  17. Buses
  18. Turning into a road on the right, and having to cross the traffic
  19. Reversing around a corner
  20. Learner drivers
  21. Giving someone else a lift
  22. Having to turn right at a roundabout
  23. Mini roundabouts
  24. Dual carriageways
  25. Having to do a three-point turn

The study also found 29 per cent of drivers try to avoid travelling outside of their local area to stay away from unfamiliar roads.

And a quarter are reluctant to give other people lifts – even if they are going to the same destination – due to their nerves.

Nearly one in five would take a longer route to avoid busy areas (18%) while 16% would go further than needed to stay away from motorways.

Others would plan their journey to avoid having to parallel park (12%), dual carriageways (7%) and roundabouts (7%).

Almost a fifth of drivers are also nervous about the prospect of long-distance journeys as the nation prepares for a summer of staycations, with 21% even planning their break around the length of the drive.

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