This week, we commissioned a survey, which revealed that a third of UK motorists are using their car as an extension to their kitchen, with 33% using it as a mobile pantry. It also revealed that only 17% of drivers carry a warning triangle, meaning that more drivers carry car loads of tinned food, snacks, soft and alcoholic drinks as well as provisions to make a cup of tea on the move, than equipment to keep them safe at the side of the road.
Women are the worst offenders, with 37% of female motorists of storing food and drink in their cars compared to 29% of male drivers. Wales appears to be the booziest nation, with 5% keeping alcohol in the boot of their cars. The survey also revealed that men are more likely to keep their cars free from clutter, with 17% keeping nothing in their cars.
The survey sparked some interesting discussions about what people keep in their cars, with answers such as rubbish, toys and books, food and drink topping the list. There were even some slightly more unusual responses, with some motorists admitting to carrying a tent, a kettle and even alcohol in the boot of their car.
The survey showed that just 17% of drivers carry a warning triangle in their car, meaning that they are at higher risk of not being seen if their vehicle is in an accident or has broken down. In the event of an unexpected stop at the side of the road, motorists need to ensure they are seen and stay safe while stopped.
Carrying and displaying a warning triangle can significantly increase safety at the side of the road. By displaying a BriteAngle, motorists significantly decrease the chance of an accident occurring with their stopped vehicle. This is why we are calling on all motorists to carry a warning triangle in their car.