Every driver at some point has suffered some annoyance with his or her car, but research has shown that half of all drivers have hit their steering wheel or kicked the car’s tyres in anger.
The research from Kia Motors, which asked 1,500 drivers, also said that almost 20 per cent of drivers have smashed a wing mirror in frustration, with one in ten also admitting that they had hit their car with an object.
Kia’s research said 49 per cent of owners feel ‘annoyance, dislike or hatred’ towards their car four times a week, and complain to friends and family an average of 18 times during a week.
Many of these annoyances come from poor reliability, abnormal noises, poor fuel consumption and repair and servicing costs. Sixty per cent of those asked also said that their car took the largest demand of their finances.
Thirty-seven per cent of the drivers told Kia that driving under stress, bad traffic conditions, running late and travelling to work were the most likely triggers for an outburst.
More than 60 per cent said that they would scrap their current model for a newer or better one, but four in ten said they were unable to afford the switch.
A fifth of people also said they had thought about driving into a wall, tree or hedge because of their frustrations with their motor.
UK president of Kia Motors Paul Philpott said: “The research has brought up some interesting findings around the UK's relationship with their cars, which could have been avoided if the customer invested time into a test drive.”
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.