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SA driver habits revealed - survey

2012-11-14 09:53

HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE YOU CAR?: South African drivers treat their rides as close friends or family members with some admitting they have regular conversations with their car.

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.


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

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