• Midlands and North West most likely places to have affairs at motorway services
• 6 in 10 drivers think service station prices are too high and 2 in 10 say toilets aren’t clean enough
• 53% pay more at the till when they have the kids with them
The school holidays are here which means more people will be using the UK’s road network. On the back of this, leading car hire website Carrentals.co.uk has surveyed drivers and found that 1 in 6 drivers like the idea of having an extramarital affair at a motorway services this summer, while 1 in 20 admit that they have done previously.
The survey was commissioned by leading car hire site Carrentals.co.uk and took in the views of over 2,300 drivers. The survey revealed that people’s chief complaints with service stations were expensive foods and cleanliness. However the poll revealed that many drivers fancy having an illicit romantic encounter when at a motorway services.
Midlands and North West areas of the UK were the locations where people most want to try a fling at a service station, with London and South East next. People aged between 36 and 45 are most likely to try an extramarital affair.
Gareth Robinson, managing director of car hire site Carrentals.co.uk, said: “Our poll revealed some surprising results – we expected people to complain about prices but the illicit affairs statistics were pretty shocking!”
Costly prices on food and drink were the chief criticism of motorway services, with 60% of drivers claiming that they are too expensive. Cleanliness of toilets also ranked high, with 1 in 5 saying that they’re too dirty. People also said that food is not of a high enough standard.
More than 50% of people polled say that they spend between £26 and £50 on each visit to a service station but that they also spend more should they have their children with them. Women spend more than men do, with 60% admitting that they spend more money on the kids after they’ve already bought petrol.
Gareth Robinson continued: “Lots of tourists are staying the UK this year because of the financial landscape – so more people on the motorways. Prices for food and drink at services are high, so it’s a good idea to buy them before you start your journey.”
Carrentals.co.uk compares prices on car hire from as many as 35 rental providers, including Alamo, Holiday Autos, Sixt and Thrifty in over 9,000 locations worldwide. For more detail visit www.carrentals.co.uk
Carrentals.co.uk was launched in February 2003 and grew to become one of the UK's leading online car hire companies by 2006.
In 2007 the company re-launched its site to create the first major online price comparator in the travel industry. Using the latest technology the Carrentals.co.uk site now searches up to 35 different car hire websites, providing an impartial comparison of the best prices available in over 9,000 locations.
Websites searched include Alamo, Budget, EasyCar, Ebookers, Hertz, Holiday Autos, Opodo, Sixt and Thrifty, with the Carrentals.co.uk site quickly comparing prices and allowing customers to refine their search by car type.
The Carrentals.co.uk site also features over 5,000 pages of travel information in a mini-guide format.
In 2008 Carrentals.co.uk was voted Best Car Hire Website in the Travolution Awards. To book or for further information visit www.carrentals.co.uk
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