Drivers found to overlook garages
According to a study 20% of drivers do not use their garage to park the car because it is so full of miscellaneous items.
The garage is a handy place to store things but millions of drivers have overdone it so much in the last 10 years that they can no longer get their car in.
Many people now use garages for old tins of paint, camping gear and fridges or freezers amongst other things. Some also store bikes, garden furniture and DIY tools in a building primarily built for a car.
The average car is worth £11,157 and researchers found that the average cost of items found in a garage is just £2,808.
Continental Tyres commissioned the research and Tim Bailey commented for the company: "With the car on the street we shun routine checks on tyre pressure, oil and water levels yet a few minutes a week on these will improve road safety, save money on fuel and reduce maintenance costs."
The study, of 2,000 drivers revealed that more than a third of the space in the average garage is taken up with a random collection of items and the overspill from the house, prompting 255 to remove the clutter once a year.
published: 14/09/2012 17:00:00