Updated: Saturday, 17th November 2018 @ 3:07pm

One third of Manchester motorists prefer driving than spending time with partner or children, study reveals

One third of Manchester motorists prefer driving than spending time with partner or children, study reveals

By Dean Wilkins

Some find it monotonous, but some find it essential. A third of Manchester drivers prefer sitting behind the wheel than being with their partner, children or friends according to a new study.

Figures from the research by Turtle Wax revealed that driving stimulates a fountain of emotions including self-confidence, happiness, depression and embarrassment.

And twenty-five per cent of the 1,500 motorists questioned told researchers they loved their car, while 11 per cent insisted it was a case of love at first sight.

However, 26 per cent no longer feel love for their car and 15 per cent of these motorists in Manchester say they feel embarrassed to be seen driving, even claiming their choice of motor makes them depressed.

Vicky Jones, operational marketing manager for Turtle Wax, said: “A car may be an inanimate object but our research shows the depth and range of real life emotions they inspire among drivers.

“Owners have real relationships with their cars and sometimes, like all relationships, you can start to take each other for granted and our research shows this is the case with cars.

“While some drivers admit they get a bigger boost from their car than they do from spending time with their spouse or children, there are lots of car owners who need a little help putting the spark back into their relationship with their motor.

“Through our ongoing ‘Put the Magic Back’ campaign we hope to make motorists aware of ways they can learn to love their car again, thanks to a little Turtle Wax TLC.”

The research also found a third of adults across Manchester judge people by their car and a third feel sexy while driving.

Cost is the number one factor in buyer’s choice, brand make is second and shape third, just ahead of brand and overall performance.

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