Does your car have a name? Do you talk to it regularly or even feel guilty driving another vehicle? If so, you are not alone.
Americans see their cars as so much more than just a vehicle. A new poll finds 60 percent of drivers consider their cars to be full-fledged members of the family—nearly as many owners seal this bond by naming their four-wheeled friends.
What goes into the naming process? Results found that 42 percent get their names from a prominent feature, like the color or the sound it makes. Other name inspirations come from movies, TV shows, and songs (20 percent) or famous cars and celebrities (17 percent).
The survey of 2,000 American motorists was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Toco Warranty, a company that wants to preserve the car-driver bond for as long as possible.
Our Favorite 15 Names:
The Bug Slayer
Baby Sweet Lil’ Kayden
Uriah (Note: “because it was a heap”)
Not surprisingly, the survey also found that 40% of us regularly talk to our vehicles. For 63% of owners, car conversations are primarily encouraging the car to go faster or make it up a hill.
Half of the car owners describe their car as having a “trustworthy” personality and more than one in three say their car’s personality is “fun.” Twenty-two percent believe their car is “charming”.
But mostly, it was the vehicle’s reliability that cemented its ties with the heart of a family—that, and the long-lasting memories.
Beyond vacations, the average owner sleeps more than two nights in their car, and says they have on three occasions consummated a romantic encounter.