So, a news release arrives from the insurance.com website, which did a survey of 2,000 drivers — 1,000 men and 1,000 women — who were asked to share their biggest driving embarrassments or, to put it another way, their most “awkward driving flubs.”
Here are the top 10 “awkward driving flubs”:
- Forgot where they parked
- Drove over a curb in a parking lot
- Locked the keys in their car
- Drove the wrong way on a one-way street
- Drove away with something on the roof
- Tried to open a car door and realized it wasn’t their car
- Couldn’t back out of a parking place because other cars or objects were too close
- Dropped money or food at a drive-thru window
- Accidentally activated the car’s panic alarm and couldn’t turn it off promptly
- Lost a toll ticket at the pay booth.
More women admitted to making these mistakes than men, although men were more likely to lose toll tickets. And while these mistakes didn’t make the top-10, more men than women admitted they had been pulled over without their license, registration and/or insurance certificate, had been unable to operate their vehicle’s key-fob remote locking system, or had forgotten a passenger and had to go back to fetch them. Men also were twice as likely to drive away from a gas pump with the nozzle still plugged into the filler neck.
While the results of the survey are at least interesting and perhaps even significant, I’m guessing that such things occur much less often when people are driving their classic cars.
Why? Because people driving classic cars pay more attention — to everything. Everything from making sure their car is clean and in proper running condition, to never forgetting where they parked their precious classic, and of course making sure they never, ever set anything on top of its precious painted or other surfaces.
Actually, I doubt very many people with classic cars ever use the drive-thru lane — or even eat anything inside their vehicle. Oh, and since classic cars weren’t built with alarm systems, they’re never set off by accident.
However, having said that, I’m sure many of you have done something embarrassing while driving or showing your classic car and I’m offering the “Comment” box below for you to confess your sins and foibles.