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Europcar survey reveals that 72% of men monopolise the driving on long distance trips in the UK



With the Bank Holiday get-away just around the corner, the latest research from Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe, has revealed that despite secretly wishing to share the burden, men find it hard to relinquish the driving seat on long car trips in the UK. Despite 20% of men thinking that their next journey would be improved if they shared the wheel, just 6% allow their partners to drive.


In fact, almost a quarter (22%) of motorists of either gender believe that sharing the driving would improve their next long-distance driving experience. However, it seems that men prefer to suffer in silence when it actually comes to making the trip, with almost three-quarters (72%) doing the driving on long journeys.


“It’s a bit of a cliché to suggest that men don’t enjoy being passengers whilst their partner does the driving, but our study shows that there seems to be an element of truth behind it,” explained Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group. “Driving long distances by yourself can be a tiring experience, but our research suggests that some men would rather do that than have their partner chauffeur them, even if it’s just to enjoy a short break.”


With the summer holidays now in full-swing, Europcar is revealing the driving habits of Brits as they make their way across the country to soak up the remainder of the sunshine. Hiring a car for holidays offers travellers the freedom they need to explore, and the convenience of a well-maintained vehicle to suit every driver. And Europcar offers the option to add an additional driver to spread the driving load.


“Whether you’re male or female, young or old, we’ve got just the vehicle to suit your needs, whatever your destination”, added Ken McCall.  “Being comfortable and content on your summer holiday is the most important thing, and that extends to the vehicle you choose to get you there. Whoever does the driving, ensure you’ve got a set of wheels everyone can agree on.”

About Europcar

Europcar is one of the leading mobility players in Europe. Present in over 140 countries, the Group provides customers with one of the largest vehicle rental networks through its own operators, franchisees and partnerships. Europcar Group operates worldwide its own brands Europcar® and InterRent®, which is its low cost brand. The group puts customers at the heart of its mission whether it is innovation or service. All the employees of the group are committed to delivering customer satisfaction. Europcar is actively promoting Corporate and Environmental social responsibility. Europcar has been awarded again in 2014 for the 6th consecutive year, by the World Travel Awards (« World’s Leading Green Transport Solution Company »). Europcar was also designed« Leading Car Rental Company » in Europe, Africa, Middle-East and Australia.  Europcar is owned by Eurazeo, one of the leading listed investment companies in Europe.





For further press information please contact the Europcar UK Press Office:


Madeleine Roles, Ally Redding or Wendy Harrison

020 8977 9132



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