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Sometimes our worst fears are realized, and a new survey by Insurance.com proves it.
We asked 2,000 drivers (half men and half women) about their most embarrassing driving mistakes, including what they feared most, selecting from a list of 17 gaffes.
When asked what driving mistakes they fear most, 24 percent of drivers say “almost hitting a person” – and 9 percent say they’ve done this. The other top fears are also frequent occurrences: locking keys in the car (feared by 22 percent) and going the wrong way down a one-way street (feared by 19 percent).
More than half of drivers have forgotten where they’ve parked, making it the No. 1 driving embarrassment.
Here are the “embarrassing” rankings, including results broken down by gender:
More than 90 percent of drivers copped to at least one embarrassing gaffe; men admitted to an average of 3.5 and women to an average of 4.2. Nearly 5 percent of drivers admitted to 10 or more.
Women admitted to far more embarrassing driving mistakes than men.
Men are more likely to misplace their toll tickets, drive away from a gas pump with the nozzle still in their tank, be unable to work their key remote, and forget a passenger and have to go back.
Forty percent of drivers who have suffered driving embarrassments say at least one of them resulted in car damage.
Here are the top gaffes and the auto insurance that will cover them:
Insurance.com commissioned a survey of 2,000 licensed drivers, half men and half women, in April 2014.
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