Is your spouse literally driving you crazy?


● 43% of UK motorists have identified their spouse as the most annoying car passenger.
● Those aged between 18-24 were the only category not to pick their spouse and instead named their Dad.
● Annoying things passengers do include: eating, asking for toilet breaks and being a backseat driver.

PassengersOn average 65% of motorists admit to regularly arguing in their car. But, which car passenger is behind most of these arguments?

In a recent survey by vehicle leasing company OSV Ltd, nearly 1 in 2 motorists admitted that their spouse is the most annoying car passenger.

Forty three per cent of UK drivers made the admission when they were asked to name the passenger that annoyed them most whilst they were behind the wheel.

The study, which surveyed over 1,000 drivers, revealed that men were more likely to pick their spouse than women, with forty three per cent and forty one per cent making the confession respectively.

Other annoying passengers include; their children (16%), siblings (11%), mum (10%), dad (8%) and friends (8%). The remaining 4% couldn’t pick who was most annoying.
Unsurprisingly, the only category not to pick their other halves as the most annoying car passenger were those aged between 18-24. Thirty five per cent of drivers in this age bracket instead picked their dad as the most annoying passenger.

The OSV Ltd survey also revealed some of the annoying things people do whilst in a car. Almost one in seven UK drivers have admitted that passengers eating gets on their nerves.

However, eating was not the most annoying thing a passenger can do. The survey found that ‘being a backseat driver’ was the highest admission on the survey.

Other passenger gripes include; playing with the radio, asking for toilet breaks and not wearing a seatbelt.

Co-Founder of OSV Ltd, Debbie Kirkley said: “If a driver becomes annoyed or stressed out because of a passenger, they may become distracted. As we are all aware, being distracted increases our chances of being involved in an accident and in order to prevent this, we suggest you tell a passenger how you feel before setting off on a car journey.”

Debbie continues; “If you are planning a longer drive, you could try to plan toilet and food breaks along your route and agree in advance what you will listen to.”

Classic Ferrari Tops List Of 2015’s Most Expensive Car Sales

The 1956 Ferrari 290MM has topped the list of most expensive car sales last year, with its hefty £18.5million price tag enough to see off the lucrative competition that included Aston Martin.

ferrari-290mm-1Not only was the classic Italian car the most expensive car sold in 2015, but it was also the third most expensive car sold ever.

Its sale at RM Sotheby’s in New York was £6million more than the next most expensive car, the vintage 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, which was bought for a more modest £12.5million.

Ferrari dominated the top ten, and took all top five spots, with the 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider and the 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Speciale selling collectively for more than £30million.

They may be eye-watering figures to you and I, but clearly some Brits are doing well as most of the cars were purchased by our countrymen.

Sticking with the British theme, the only cars in the top ten that were not Ferrari’s were all British, and include an Aston Martin, a McLaren F1 and a Jaguar.

The classic car auction market itself boasted mammoth sales overall, with RM Group alone reporting sales of over £400million.

Managing Director of RM Sotheby’s Europe, Max Girado, said: “It’s been another thrilling year, for the RM team, with the honour of selling some of the world’s greatest cars.

“For me personally, the privilege of selling six of the top 10 automobiles at auction this year, including the most valuable car in RM history, was particularly exhilarating.”

Vehicle Break-Ins And Thefts Down 80%

vehicle-break-insIn some good news at the start of the year, reports have shown that vehicle crime across the UK is at its lowest for some 20 years.


Even my Proton has managed to remain untouched for 8 years. This despite me parking it unlocked on my street for several years, with the windows down and everything.

It’s as though the thieves don’t want it! Weird, huh?

According to the Home Office, vehicle break-ins and theft is down 80% on the figure in 1993.

This despite there now being 8 million more vehicles on the road.

One ex-car thief from Essex we spoke to blamed the justice system: “Well, all the burglars are in prison now aren’t they? There aren’t many of us from the old guard left. If you keep catching us and throwing away the key, that’s what’s gonna happen, innit? 8 million more cars on the road and 4 million thieves in jail. You do the numbers, son.”

The Home Office, meanwhile, say the decline in vehicle crime is down to anti-theft devices that have grown in popularity. These include electronic immobilisers and steering locks, the former having been introduced back in the 1960s.

More modern deterrents include CCTV and number plate recognition cameras.

A career criminal we spoke to in Battersea blamed the number plate recognition cameras for shutting down vehicle crime. “I can’t get anywhere without being spotted. I lifted a Fiat the other week and was tracked within 5 minutes. They found me at Burger King. I’d only just ordered a burger and Fanta.”

Better policing has also surely played a part in deterring would-be vehicle thieves, although commercial fleet operators are still being targeted thanks to their keyless operations.

Superintendent Paul Keasey of West Midlands Police says that keyless vehicle theft is fast becoming a national concern.

“The technology is no longer just in the higher end of the market, it’s used by all producers of vans, and vans are using it because it’s the new gimmick.”

UK New Car Sales Hit Record High

osvlogoOkay, so we haven’t all got the money to spend on classic Aston Martin and Ferraris, but us Brits aren’t shy about splashing the cash on new cars to show that we can mix it with the best of ‘em: Official data is set to reveal that new car sales in the UK reached a record high in 2015.

Yay for us Brits buying lots of new cars! (except my Proton *shakes fist*)

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is set to announce today that over 2.6 million new cars were registered here in the UK last year.

Of the reasons encouraging us proud Brits to spend more on new cars, high consumer confidence, low interest finance deals and wage growth were cited.

SMMT predict that sales for 2016 will be “comparatively stable.”

October 2015 signalled the end of 43 consecutive months of growth, but there was another rise in November, as well as an 8% growth in December.

Volkswagen Group were the only manufacturers who came out of all of this badly, with their sales down 20% in November. Audi’s sales were down 4%, while Seat’s were down 24%.

The SMMT, though, said Volkswagen had enjoyed “a good December”, though we’re not sure whether this means the executives were able to afford turkey, or whether there had been lots of new registrations.

OSV had significant growth in 2015 and is gearing up for a busy 2016, with new offices and a strong recruitment drive, OSV`s growth has been greater than the rest of the industry due to high customer retention and recommendations due to the strong brand name and its reputation.

Volvo To Use AI In Autonomous Vehicle Trials

A few weeks ago, we reported how the most reliable, safe and boringly predictable car in the world, Volvo, surprised everyone by announcing a deal with Microsoft to create a futuristic hologram showroom. It was a wild, crazy idea that got us all a bit hot under the collar. I’ve only just cooled down.

volvo_logoAnd now the Swedish car manufacturer is set to get even more out-there on us by using NVIDIA’s DrivePX 2 deep learning-based computer engine for a hundred of its XC90’s as part of its self-driving car pilot scheme.

Volvo has a concept called Volvo Vision 2020. Now, this might sound really cool and far-out, but its actually a set of guiding principles that will allow the company to create safer vehicles.


Marcus Rothoff of Volvo said: “Our vision is that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by the year 2020.”

Hmm, okay he’s got a bit of a point.

“NVIDIA’s high-performance and responsive automotive platform is an important step towards our vision and perfect for our autonomous drive program and the Drive Me project.”

The NVIDIA Drive PX2 engine utilises something called deep learning in order to help it understand and execute all the complexities of driving. Basically, it will try to become as good as me. If not better.

The autonomous cars will be trialled on roads in Gothenburg, so if you notice a driverless car coming at you in Sweden, you’ll know it’s trying to put your safety first.

Artificial Intelligence will be a major part of NVIDIA Drive PX2, and will help the engine to recognise objects, as well as anticipate any threats.

Whether road rage is considered a potential threat is anyone’s guess.

Though can you really have an argument with a driverless car? That would be funny to film and upload to Facebook.

Volvo have given no clue as to when their autonomous cars will be available for purchase.

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  • 8th January 2016

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