Rise of the ‘cardrobe’ - nation creates auto-storage as space hits premium
July 1, 2015
Research from car insurance company 1ST CENTRAL reveals that with space at a premium in the UK, drivers are giving their clothes the boot, with nearly half of drivers (47%) using their car as a travelling wardrobe – the ‘Cardrobe’.
The survey revealed that the good weather has lead to an abundance of abandoned clothing being dumped in trunks as one in five (19%) say they have extra layers left in the car thanks to the rising temperature. Less surprisingly, sports kit is still a natural fit for the car boot, with an estimated £1 billion worth of football boots sitting on driveways across the UK.
‘Cardrobes’ also allow sneaky storage with 1.8 million drivers using their cars to hide new or expensive purchases from their partners. The research showed that men are nearly twice as likely to hide a purchase from their partner as women. Some lovelorn drivers (682,000) even admit keeping an item of clothing that once belonged to their ex as they can’t bear to throw it out altogether.
The research also revealed some of the more unusual items people can’t drive without, and it appears driving gloves are making a comeback. It seems younger drivers are aspiring to ride like Rihanna and Lady Gaga as a fifth of 18-24 year olds (20%) have a pair in their cars. Other odd items listed as ‘Cardrobe’ contents include rubber gloves, gas masks, tutus, feather boas and bowler hats.
Andy James, UK CEO at 1ST CENTRAL said: “With people struggling for space in their homes it’s no wonder the nation is turning their cars into a travelling wardrobe. If you add it up, some of the kit we keep in our cars not only builds up in weight eating into our fuel consumption, but can equate to a hefty price tag too. Expensive football boots, sports kit and designer sunglasses aren’t necessarily covered in your car insurance, so drivers do need to keep this in mind when giving their things the boot.
“Whilst insurers will cover motorists for damage to clothes left in their cars or in the worst case scenario items that are stolen, we’d advise that drivers keep their irreplaceable items in their homes as the safest place for them.”