Recent research by insurance comparison site confused.com has revealed us Brits are a nation of softies, who feel our car is part of the family. Over a quarter of UK motorist even name their beloved cars and 33% even have daily conversations with their ride talking about everything from day to day events to relationships and personal problems.
The survey shows that the average UK motorist considers there car to be female with a sensible personality, with 8% attributing a cute persona to their car. 16% of men see their car as women selecting words such as sexy and mischievous to describe them.
We’re not alone in the naming of our cars with celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Peter Andre having affectionate pet names for their vehicles:
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
The research shows the top 10 male and female names for our cars are as follows:
1 ) Charlie 1 ) Ruby
2 ) Jack 2 ) Lily
3 ) Harry 3 ) Pippa
4 ) Noah 4 ) Jessica
5) Oliver 5) Grace
6) Thomas 6) Olivia
7 ) William 7 ) Kate
8 ) Joshua 8 ) Emily
9 ) Daniel 9 ) Harper
10 ) Billy 10 ) Betty
As well as these commonly selected names the survey found a wealth of more imaginative ones such as Albie the great, Baldrick, Claris, Elektra, Lemmy, Michaelangelo, Snoop, Talulah, Florence (the machine) Horatio, Fadgehammer and Yannis.
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.”
To encourage the nation to continue cherishing their vehicles confused.com has come up with a vehicle name generator, simply answer a few questions about your car and get it a name. Why not try it out today
Gareth Kloet, Head of Car Insurance at Confused.com says,
“Nearly one fifth of motorists who name their cars believe it encourages them to be more careful on the roads. We have nicknames for our friends, partners and even pets so why not our cars! Drivers with an emotional attachment to their vehicles are more likely to take better care of it on and off the road. We’re calling for all motorists to use the car name generator, and start caring for your car!”