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SA driver habits revealed - survey

2012-11-14 09:53

CAPE TOWN - South African drivers shower their vehicles with just as much affection as they do a close friend or family member, maybe even a touch more, according to a survey by BP Ultimate.

Over two thirds of SA drivers who participated in the BP Ultimate survey admitted to expressing love and affection for their cars, with 59% saying they felt a true connection with their cars. This translates to 4.8 million vehicle-smitten South African drivers.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY... MY CAR?

More than half (57%) of drivers said they complemented their rides or rubbed the dashboard and/or steering wheel to get their car to perform ( to start up or speed up, for example).

Naming a vehicle is a trend amongst drivers with 47% admitting to giving their car a pet name. More bizarre is the 21% of South Africans who celebrate their cars' birthdays.

Glenda Zvenyika, BP’s corporate and external communications manager, said: “We converse with them, name them, adorn them with trinkets and even involve them in some of life’s most significant and personal moments.”

Car habits revealed in the BP survey:
• 85% of SA drivers love to sing in their car
• 74% have made important life decisions in their car
• 61% have regular conversations WITH their car
• 53% had a car play an important role in a special occasion
• 30% decorate the interior or exterior of their cars with trinkets such as fuzzy dice, stickers, steering wheel or seat covers
• 11% got engaged in a car or know someone else who did

Do you have any car quirks? Has your ride played a role in a wedding ceremony? Do you SPEAK to your ride? Email us and we’ll publish your article on Wheels24 or share your thoughts in our Readers' comments section below.

Comments
  • trevorlbennett - 2012-11-14 10:28

    I am embarrassed to say I am part of these! • 61% have regular conversations WITH their car • 53% had a car play an important role in a special occasion • 30% decorate the interior or exterior of their cars with trinkets such as fuzzy dice, stickers, steering wheel or seat covers

  • neil.kroese - 2012-11-14 10:53

    Thank god! I can now sleep at night...What an insightful article, I am a better man after finally getting answers to these very very important questions.I mean who really wants to know or burdened with driver habits behind the approximate 13500 annual traffic-related deaths in South Africa?

  • linda.duits - 2012-11-14 11:00

    I only do the singing bit but I did get engaged in a car while driving in the middle of nowhere, that was 15 years ago!

  • Jeremy - 2012-11-14 11:48

    Maybe drivers should focus on just driving better and maintaining their cars better! Because evidently all this singing, talking to, complimenting and rubbing the steering wheel and dashboard (sies!) is just distracting them from what they SHOULD be doing on the roads....ie focusing on how they're driving! Oh, and by the way, thanks to Discovery's Vitality drive plan, I only fill up at BP garages - but I've never been presented with this survey, which I suspect is just a load of old rubbish.

      marcojvr - 2012-11-14 13:15

      Oh lighten up

  • mogo.naut - 2012-11-14 14:35

    ..ALL of the above barring the engagement(well at least not yet ._.).

  • rene.steenkamp1 - 2012-11-14 14:51

    I sing in my car and talk to my car while driving. Her nickname is "Jojo". Maybe it is just a silly girly thing but I am very fond of my car and very protective over her.

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