Research by LeaseCar.uk has found the silliest mistakes that consistently make driving more difficult than it needs to be
The ten daftest things that motorists do (in no particular order)
1. Put petrol in a diesel car, or vice versa
Everyone knows a horror story about this. If you’re lucky, you’ll break down at home and it won’t cost too much to fix the engine.
2. Losing your vehicle in a car park
Or anywhere else. Nothing beats that feeling when it’s finally time to head home and realising you now have to play hunt-the-car across eight floors, or in all the surrounding streets
3. Parking too close to the next car
Have you ever had to shimmy into your car because the idiot next to you parked four inches away from it? Of course you have. You’ve also probably come back to scratches on your chassis because you did it to someone else.
4. Parking under trees
The perfect way to become a public toilet for all the local birds and ruin your paintwork.
5. Putting breakables on the seat
For goodness sake, put them in the boot or in the footwell. How many times do they need to crash to the floor after a semi-hard brake before we learn?
6. Not flipping the wing mirrors in when parking
Yes, other drivers should pass your car with room to spare. But you know they won’t, and the mirrors flip inwards for this very reason.
7. Lose the keys
We all have a designated spot for the car keys, and yet we all lose them with alarming frequency.
8. Starting with the car in gear
It’s one thing to park with the car in gear, and another when you lurch forward suddenly when you start up. Let’s hope there was nothing in front of you.
9. Parking illegally
On double yellows, outside of a marked bay, on a dropped kerb, whatever. This is one of the most infuriating dim-witted things a driver can do.
10. Putting the parking payment slip in the rear windscreen
One daft driver who fell foul of this recalled: “I had driven forwards into the bay, between two other cars, so I thought I was actually helping the warden by putting the slip in the rear window. Instead I got a ticket and they wouldn’t rescind it.
So are you guilty of any of these? Are do you have any to add, email or leave us a comment in the box below
6th December, 2017