UK Drivers Want Basics

The AA has released a survey which shows that the modern UK driver would gladly swap the swathe of impressive new technologies in exchange for better basic features.

AA polled 21,000 members on which car features they would most miss. Motorists confessed that they would prefer to have reversing lights and temperature gauges over heated seats.

Andy Smith, AA patrol of the year, said:

“Our members tell us it’s gone too far on some models and they want practical over frills. Having two reversing lights makes it easier to reverse down a dim narrow lane, for example, and a temperature gauge can help indicate when the engine is struggling, say when towing or crawling up a hill in heavy traffic.”

When looking at car periphery, 70 per cent of drivers said they would happily ditch an electric parking brake while 66 per cent say they are perfectly capable of moving their own seat, without the need for electrics. 56 per cent said they would happily lose new rain-sensing windscreen wipers. Most driver, however, draw the line at losing their electric windows. Only 9 per cent of drivers are prepared to go back to the Eighties and wind down their own windows.

Interestingly, women are happier to lose new driving technologies than men.

The modern creature comforts men most want to hang on to are:

  • Heated seats
  • Air-conditioning
  • Parking sensors
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger windows
  • Cruise control
  • Trip computer

The things women are least prepared to lose:

  • Heated windscreen
  • Electric parking brake
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Automatic headlights
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