Four in ten drivers in the UK have given their car a name, according to stats from the AA.
A survey of more than 24,000 British motorists found that, overall, half of all women drivers have named their cars, while a third of men have done the same.
Young drivers were found to be the most likely age group to give their cars names, with 70 per cent of all drivers aged between 18 and 24 naming their vehicles.
According to the stats, the most popular names were found to have the word “blue” in them, with names like Bluebell or Bluey proving popular. Other “B” names include Betsy, Bertie, Bertha and even The Beast.
Around a third of the drivers surveyed had said that they had chosen their car’s name based on its registration plate, while others said that the name simply “seemed to suit the car’s personality”.
Jim Kirkwood, managing director of the AA Driving School, said: “Most drivers spend a lot of time in their cars and depend on them for the smooth running of their daily lives, so it’s perhaps not too surprising that they name them like another member of the family.”
Some of the more unusual answers given have included The Shed of Dread, Cactus Jack and The Crudmobile.
Celebrity names and famous cars have also had an influence, with Herbie, Britney, The Batmobile and Kitt all cropping their way up the most popular list.
As well as that, a large number of drivers surveyed responded that they named their cars based on the model, for instance The Fiesta or The Alfa.
But what goes into naming a car? Some famous car names, like the Ford Mustang, were the result of long deliberations by Ford, who struggled to choose between Cougar, T-Bird II, Torino and others before settling on Mustang.
Others happened by complete chance, like the Nissan Fairlady, which was named after Nissan’s then-president caught a production of the musical My Fair Lady on Broadway and was enthralled.
However, not all cars have been so fortunate in their naming. Unfortunate car names include the Nissan Moco, whose name means “the booger” in Spanish, and even the hot-rodded Vauxhall Nova you cruised in as a 17-year old would mean “doesn’t go” to a Spanish speaker.
It’s therefore probably best to look into the naming of your cars before telling any foreign friends about them, but you’ll probably be safe if you drive something like a Peugeot 308.
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