Reveals 56% of Drivers Forget Where They Park

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

CARDIFF, Wales, June 8, 2011 - has revealed that 56% of UK drivers have, at some point,
forgotten where they have parked their car, and 3% have picked up the phone
to ask their breakdown service to help them find it. More than 50 in 2,000
drivers in the UK admit to making that call according to a new survey by car
insurance comparison site

The survey has revealed some of the gaffes of UK drivers,
which have led them to phone for their breakdown service, such as 25% of
drivers have locked their keys in the car and 10% of drivers have had to call
for their breakdown service to help them sort the problem out. Putting the
wrong fuel in the car has happened to more than 10% of Brits, with half of
those affected (5%), also calling for assistance from a breakdown service to
put things right. A small number of UK drivers also admit to calling the
breakdown service, not just when their car fails but when they get lost
(3.5%), lose their car (3.5%) or the sat nav is playing up (2%).

Needing help changing a wheel (21%) and topping up oil or engine coolant
(13%) are other reasons why drivers have called out their breakdown service.

When it comes to forgetting where they've parked, women fare worse than
men with 63% of women owning up to losing track of where they parked,
compared to 43% of men. A whopping 78% of women have run out of petrol, with
69% of men admitting that gaffe. 9% of men and 5% of women have called their
breakdown service to help them when their fuel ran dry. This is assuming
they've managed to put the correct fuel in the car in the first place: more
than 14% of men have put the wrong fuel into the car, compared to just 8% of

Gareth Kloet, head of car insurance at said: "This survey
just goes to show how much people use and appreciate their breakdown cover,
especially when they get themselves in a potentially embarrassing situation.
Shopping around for breakdown cover by using a website like can
make it more affordable. Although it's no substitute for remembering where
you parked."

According to the survey of 2,000 drivers, which was carried out at the
end of May 2011, almost a quarter of men and just under a quarter of women do
not have any breakdown cover (

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years to include home insurance, travel insurance, pet insurance, van
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financial services products including credit cards, loans, mortgages and life
insurance. has also developed a number of tools to help users,
including an alcohol units calculator (, petrol cost
calculator ( and a number
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