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Do You Know Where Your Car Is?

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If the answer is no, you wouldn't be alone... a new survey suggests that about 14% of drivers have forgotten where they left their parked car, adding up to 200 collective years searching for them.

That's six million lost cars over the past two years! The phenomenon is worse for female car owners, with 16% losing their cars compared to 12% of male drivers. By contrast, of those 12% of men who did lose their vehicles, they took nearly double the amount of time to find them than women, or 50 minutes on average compared to 27 minutes for women. Furthermore, the results of the study showed that women were most likely to mislay their cars in a supermarket car park, while men usually lose theirs in a city centre.

Car parks at train stations are a particular black spot for men, the location of 20% of their mislaid cars. Footballer, Jermaine Pennat, was once alleged to have lost his Porsche in a Spanish train station car park in 2011.

The average amount of time reported looking for a lost car is 40 minutes, adding up to 78,000 days or 213 years that British drivers spend looking for their vehicles every year. The survey was conducted by the Direct Line DrivePlus insurance company, which questioned some 2,000 people.

British drivers' absent mindedness is not only inconvenient, it can also be expensive. Nearly 25% of those who forgot the location of their car have had to pay additional parking charges, adding up to over £432,000 in total over the year. Even worse, one in eight drivers was subject to a parking ticket thanks to their forgetfulness. With extra parking charges and fines taken into account, British motorists have spent about £11.3 million over the last two years as a result of losing their cars.

One surprise result of the study showed that men, famous for refusing to ask for directions when lost, were actually the first to ask for assistance looking for their cars. One in four men will happily ask for help when their car is lost compared to only one in seven women.

Modern telematics devices, currently used to monitor drivers' behaviour on the road to bring down the cost of insurance premiums, could also be used to help drivers locate their errant vehicles. Drivers using Direct Line's DrivePlus 'black box' insurance policies can use DrivePlus Plug-in to find their cars in urban streets or busy car parks.

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