Wheel you be my Valentine? One in twenty drivers would choose their car over their partner

Drivers fall head-over-wheels for their motors this Valentine’s.

Are you having a love affair with your motor? It’s more common than you’d think.

A recent survey has shockingly revealed that one in 20 drivers (18%) love their car more than they love their partner.

Drivers gave a variety of reasons for their answers, though some were more romantic than others…

The road to romance

The survey, conducted by InsuretheGap, asked the love-struck drivers to give reasons why they placed their motors above their partner.

For 30%, the answer was simply that their car makes them happy. However, a quarter went slightly further, claiming “it never lets me down”.

Other motorists were more backhanded in their responses. More than a fifth (22%) said their car is “easier to handle” than their loved one, 19% said, “it’s cheaper to run” and a further 18% said “it doesn’t answer me back”.

Perhaps the most amusing reason, offered by 13% of loved-up motorists, came in the cheeky response, “I don’t have to buy it a Valentine’s gift.” 

In the name of love

It’s not surprising that many drivers feel a personal connection to their motor. In fact, 15% of drivers even go as far as naming their vehicle.

Last year, research conducted by Quote Zone revealed the most popular names Brits give to their cars. Top choices included ‘Bob’, ‘Bert’, ‘Dave’ and ‘Amy’, with ‘Betty’ taking the top spot as the UK’s most popular car name.

Ben Wooltorton of InsuretheGap offered his insight into our motorised heart-throb: “Brits have always had a love affair with our cars and it looks like this is as strong as ever.

“Our cars are one of the few places we can escape to, away from the stresses of everyday life. So this Valentine’s Day, maybe ditch the roses and chocolate and take a romantic drive instead?!”

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