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We spend some 4 years of our lives in our cars

 - 20/10/2016

According to a survey by market researcher, CSA, entitled “Our lives in cars” and unveiled by Citroen just before the recent Motor Show in Paris, the European motorist spends 4 years and 1 month of his or her life in a car, which breaks down as 2 years and 9 months behind the wheel and 1 year and 4 months as a passenger.

In a lifetime, European motorists lend their vehicle on average 86 times, carpool 198 times and are forced to emergency brake 142 times.

On a more amusing note, be they drivers or passengers, they listen to very loud music 3,918 times, sing 3,917 times and will put on make up or shave 1,234 times. They will burst into hysterical laughter 170 times and cry 59 times; they will have 129 arguments and make up 61 times. In addition to eating 2,050 times and drinking 3,312 times, they will look for something under their seat 1,188 times. People kiss some 2,432 times in a car and, more daringly, make love on average 4 times in the case of the French and British, a figure that rises to 8 times for the Italians…

In terms of their future car, over 30% of the motorists who took part in the survey said they would like more driving assistance tools (auto-pilot, self-parking, cruise and speed controls, etc.). 21% hope they will consume less fuel (thanks to “clean” energies or hybrid/electric vehicles) and 11% would like to see more comfortable features (silent interior, ‘smart’ AC or room to sleep, etc.).

This CSA Research survey for Citroen was carried out online in July and August 2016 among a sample of between 500 and 503 people aged over 15 living in 7 European countries: Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.


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