Almost a quarter of Brits sheepishly admit that they use their car boot for storage, despite the disadvantage of higher fuel consumption. *
A new survey by the market leading travel add-ons company HolidayExtras.com, reveals that 42 per cent of men choose to weigh the car down with tools, rather than storing them in a shed or outbuilding.
Predictably for mothers, the pushchair is a common car boot resident; over a quarter of women leave it where it is rather than carting it indoors. Heavy items, like bags of dog food, are also left in the car with five per cent of women not bothering to lift it inside.
A third of men admit that they store their golf clubs in the car boot ready for an impromptu round on the golf course.
Ten per cent of car owners are evidently raring to jet off on holiday at the drop of a hat, leaving suitcases at the ready in the trunk.
James Lewis, head of partnerships at Holiday Extras commented: “Storing heavy items in your car could prove to be a costly option. Punishing petrol and diesel prices mean that we need to make savings wherever we can, and this could be a good New Years’ resolution – to clear out the clutter and help the household budget.”
Notes to editors
* Survey by Shell
While drivers are guilty of carrying paraphernalia around in cars unnecessarily, the AA advise that drivers should carry certain items around in their car boot in case of extreme weather conditions or accidents, listing a shovel and a thick blanket as essential during winter months, and of course a spare tyre should be ever ready, regardless of weight.
Nearly 400 Holiday Extras customers were polled from December 17, 2012 to January 2, 2013.