max temp: 11°C

min temp: 10°C


True cost of car ‘withdrawal’ revealed

16:25 27 November 2015

Not having access to a car for a week can cause serious problems for a lot of families

Not having access to a car for a week can cause serious problems for a lot of families


Just one week without a car can cost drivers £135 and increase the chances of depression, anger and even panic.

A quarter of motorists have admitted their anxiety levels would rise if they had no access to their car, as part of a survey by Direct Line Car Insurance.

And almost one in four would rather go without seeing their family than go without their motor.

Some 15% would feel depressed, 10% would be angrier than usual and 10% would expect to feel panic.

More than a quarter say they would prefer to go without their mobile phone than their car, while a surprising 47% of people say they would rather be deprived of their social life altogether than lose their car.

A determined 9%, who may have been playing light-hearted games with the survey, claim to be happier to go without food for longer than they’d be willing to part with their car.

Expenses typically incurred in an unexpected week without a car would cover commuting, loss of earnings, getting children to school and cancelling social plans, totalling £135 according to Direct Line’s calculations.

Direct Line is introducing a guaranteed hire car scheme to all its comprehensive insurance policies.

Gus Park, director of motor at Direct Line said: “A car is an integral part of many people’s work and social lives, which is why being without it can be so costly. From a financial perspective, the costs can really mount up over time, but it also leaves many people feeling stranded hence the feelings of such anxiety.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

It’s nearly Halloween and there is a variety of events across Suffolk this half term to keep your little monsters entertained no matter what their age.

A wedding dress catwalk, singers, cakes, flowers and a string quartet were among the bridal delights on offer at Ipswich Hotel’s Wedding Fayre today.

Stormtroopers marched the streets of Bury St Edmunds this weekend as Moyse’s Hall unveiled its acclaimed annual science fiction exhibition.

An armed police officer was called to Kesgrave as a safety precaution after a report was received of an injured dog today.

A disqualified motorist banned for a drink-drive related offence was caught driving again while nearly four-and-a-half times the limit within two hours of his conviction.

Last week’s article was about Oak Hill, the outstanding property just off Belstead Road on Oak Hill Lane, built in 1860 on a plot of land sold by Peter Burrell of Stoke Park, recaps John Norman, of the Ipswich Society.

Plans for Sizewell C are doomed to “evaporate” in the wake of insurmountable problems that will prevent its intended forerunner at Hinkley Point ever producing electricity, one of Britain’s leading environmentalists has predicted.

Arthur Ransome’s tales of boats and adventure - many of which were set in Suffolk - changed the course of children’s literature.

A Suffolk-based charity auction which has attracted bids from all over the world and raised more than £870,000 since its inception is aiming to break the £1million mark for national and local charities this year.

Fight or flight is fascinating, writes Ellen Widdup.

Most read


Show Job Lists

Topic pages


Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24