In a survey of 2000 drivers, split evenly between men and women, the number one most embarrassing moment was forgetting where they had parked. Conducted by Insurance.com, the survey revealed the top 17 driving embarrassments that drivers admitted to.
Driving over a curb in a parking lot (43 percent) and locking keys in the car (37 percent) round out the podium of embarrassing moments. Meanwhile, 29 percent admitted to trying to open the wrong car’s door (number 6), while 8 percent actually got inside before realizing it wasn’t theirs (number 17). Overall a higher percentage of women admitted to embarrassing driving moments than men, though more men admitted to forgetting a passenger -- 11 percent for men vs. 6 percent for women).
When broken down by age, drivers age 25 to 54 said going the wrong way down a one-way street was the most embarrassing, while drivers age 55 to 64 were most embarrassed by locking keys in the car, while drivers 65 and older said driving away with the gas pump nozzle still in their cars was the most embarrassing.
Top driving fears include “almost hitting a person” (24 percent), locking keys in the car (22 percent), and going the wrong way on a one-way street (19 percent).
Check out the full list below:
1. Forgot where they parked: 52 percent (men: 44 percent; women: 59 percent)
2. Drove over a curb in a parking lot: 43 percent (men: 35 percent; women: 51 percent)
3. Locked keys in the car: 37 percent (men: 34 percent; women: 41 percent)
4. Gone the wrong way down a one-way street: 34 percent (men: 30 percent; women: 38 percent)
5. Driven away with something on the roof, such as coffee or a purse: 31 percent (men: 28 percent; women: 34 percent)
6. Tried to open a car door and realized it wasn’t your car: 29 percent (men: 24 percent; women: 34 percent)
7. Couldn’t back out of a parking spot because other cars or objects were too close: 27 percent (men: 21 percent; women: 33 percent)
8. Dropped your money or food at a drive-thru window: 26 percent (men: 23 percent; women: 28 percent)
9. Accidentally started your car’s panic alarm and couldn’t turn it off quickly: 22 percent (men: 18 percent; women: 26 percent)
10. Lost toll ticket at the payment booth: 18 percent (men: 18 percent; women: 17 percent)
11. Couldn’t get out of a round-about and kept driving in circles: 13 percent (men: 12 percent; women: 13 percent).
12. Gotten pulled over and didn’t have license, registration and/or insurance: 11 percent (men: 11 percent; women: 11 percent).
13. Driven away from a gas pump with the nozzle still in your tank: 11 percent (men: 14 percent; women: 7 percent).
14. Not able to work key remote to get into your car: 9 percent (men: 10 percent; women: 8 percent).
15. Almost hit a person: 9 percent (men: 8 percent; women: 9 percent).
16. Forgot a passenger and had to go back: 8 percent (men: 11 percent; women: 6 percent).
17. Gotten in a car and realized it wasn’t your car: 8 percent (men: 7 percent; women: 8 percent).