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What is your car called?

The survey by car insurance experts Confused.com has identified the most popular car names as Charlie and Ruby. With nearly half of drivers describing their cars as ‘part of the family’, the Confused.com research reveals that 33% of car owners initiate a daily car-versation with their motors, talking to them not only about day-to-day matters and their frustrations on the road, but also about relationships and personal problems.

Yep I can concur with that. Alexander is my bestest friend, solid dependable and reliable. She is always there for me and never argues back. Alexander is my bright yellow VW Beetle whom I love to pieces!

The average UK motorist considers their car to be female, with a personality that is sensible (25%), cute (8%) or playful (7%). Findings also confirm that 16% of men see their cars as women, choosing words such as sexy (6%) and mischievous (5%) to describe the personality of their vehicles.

Peter Collett, Psychologist and author of ‘Driving Passion – The Psychology of The Car’ suggests that naming your car can reduce the risk of incidents on the road.

“A majority of car owners feel the need to give their car a distinctive name, usually an affectionate title that expresses how they feel about their car and how they regard it as being different from everyone else’s. The drive to individualise one’s car in this way is very widespread and it also lays the foundation for how people treat their cars. By giving their car a special name, drivers are treating their car as something that deserves to be cared for – a friend, a pet, a companion, sometimes even a lover.”

So, to encourage the nation to care for its cars, Confused.com has developed an online car name generator, which automatically generates a name for your car. Simply answer a few questions about your motor such as colour, personality, number of years of ownership to generate a name. You will also be able to print out a certificate, which can be kept with your vehicle documents or passed on to the next owner.

No you don’t need to do that! Forget computers. Simply look at the car and a name will spring to mind that suits you and the car together. Failing that, look at the number plate. My first car was called Emma as the number plate began EMM. Simply!

Here are some celebrities and their car names. I bet these are not computer generated!

Barack Obama – Ford Escape Hybrid – The Beast

Lady Gaga – Rolls Royce – Bloody Mary

Paris Hilton – Bentley – Lady Penelope

Peter Andre – Ferrari – Fezza

Sebastian Vetal – Redbull racing car – Kinky Kylie

Richard Hammond – Land Rovers – Gertie and Buster

Jools Holland – Jaguar – Jools

So if you have not already named your car go and do so as it really does build a lovely relationship whereby you care about your car and somehow the car cares about you. Just like when you have washed her and even hovered her inside. Somehow she drives better and happier with the amount of time spent in the car treat her or him as a friend, a confidant. They are fantastic listeners.

Jackie Violet
Motoring Correspondent

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