'Just Taking The Car For A Spin, Darling - To Mars And Back'

That’s how far we travel due to the pleasure of upgrading our cars

The buzz of purchasing a car means drivers can’t help keep popping out to take it ‘for a quick spin’ purely for the thrill of driving it. New research out today reveals the extent of this driving phenomenon with UK ‘spinners’ racking up a total mileage of 635 MILLION miles a year in pleasure drives, equivalent to driving beyond the outer limits of the Solar System!

Network Q, the UK’s leading used car retailer, studied the motoring habits of 1,000 drivers and found that they made an average of 4.18 drives when they got their latest car covering an average of 16.6 miles per spin.

By combining the annual sales of used cars (6.8 million), including Network Q (298,600) with the total sales of new cars in the UK in 2005 (2.4 million) the ‘spinning sensation’ accounts for a total of 635 million miles / 1.02 billion km, equivalent to:

  • Driving round the world at the equator 25,452 times
  • Travelling to the Moon and back 1,333 times
  • Driving to Mars and back 9 times

‘Spinning’ is more popular as we get older, peaking with the 35-44 year-old age group (5.08 trips), before dropping again. The region where ‘spinning’ is most popular is the North East, which topped the lists for frequency of drives (6.14) and average distance travelled (22 miles). The least number of ‘spin’ drives was in Yorkshire and Humberside (2.8) and the least distance covered in the West Midlands (12.4 miles).

According to Mike Brown of Network Q, "When we get our latest car home it’s very difficult to resist the urge to take it for a spin. It’s in these journeys we can get acquainted with the car and its performance. If you don’t want your spin to be cut short or get any nasty surprises, our advice for peace of mind is make sure you know enough about a car first and always buy from a reputable dealer."

Published 21 January 2006 Melanie Carter

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