Survey reveals eccentric cars are not just for sitcoms

According to a poll conducted by Confused.com, almost half of the 2,000 drivers surveyed admitted to treating their car as part of the family. More than 25 percent have named their cars, with Charlie and Ruby being the most popular. Head of Confused.com car insurance, Gareth Kloet believes that naming your car is the same as giving a nickname to a friend or partner. Surprisingly, a third of all motorists surveyed admitted to having “carversations” with their car, telling them about their personal worries.

Giving your car a personality appears to be a British eccentricity, as many cars are given starring roles in British comedy shows. For instance, the clapped out Robin Reliant from Only Fools and Horses or Mr Bean’s mini, both cars having miniature versions included in the show‘s merchandise. One of the more recent comedy shows, The Inbetweeners also features a yellow cinquecento, which was auctioned in 2011 to raise funds for Comic Relief.

The results of the survey revealed that car drivers treat their cars far better than John Cleese, who demonstrated the darker side of the British relationship with cars in a famous episode of Fawlty Towers, one of Britain’s most respected comedy shows. The episode, Gourmet Night, features an enraged Basil Fawlty, thrashing his car with a fallen tree branch when it breaks down. The episode aired in October 1975, the fifth episode of the series, and still tops polls as the funniest sitcom moment ever.