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It's good to talk… to your car

21 February 2006

  • 47% of motorists regularly talk to their cars
  • 48% of women give their cars names
  • Drivers in the South West most talkative

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Nearly half of Britain's motorists regularly talk to their cars, while over a third believe that their cars have feelings.

In a survey of 2000 motorists carried out for the British International Motor Show, 47% admitted to chatting with their cars, giving them words of encouragement and even talking about their personal problems with their cars.

The survey also found that women are more likely to give a name to their car than men. In fact, one in five women prefer to give their car a pet name and not their partner.

Drivers in the South West worry the most about their car's feelings, while Scottish drivers are the least talkative to their cars, where only one in four chat to their motors.

Kirsty Adams, the motor show's organiser said: 'We know that we Brits are passionate about their cars and it is great to see that the bond is so deep.'

The British International Motor Show takes place at London's ExCel from July 20-30. Visit www.britishmotorshow.co.uk for more details.

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