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THE car is a place where Welsh drivers sing, talk to themselves, pick their noses - and even give their partners the boot, according to a survey published this morning.

The YouGov survey, in which more than 10,000 motorists nationwide took part, revealed that 69% of drivers admitted they talked to their car when driving alone.

Nine out of 10 drivers sing, either to the car stereo or unaccompanied, according to the survey.

Maureen Rees, pictured, who shot to fame on the BBC's Driving School, admitted singing in the car, while HTV news reader Lucy Cohen revealed she's learning Welsh on the move.

Welsh athlete Jamie Baulch says his favourite way of passing time while in the car is singing and Derek Howells, who recently won a Vauxhall Astra Coupe on a scratch card, admitted enjoying talking to himself while behind the wheel.

The survey showed 32% of people will have a conversation with themselves out loud.

A further 16% admit to picking their nose often when behind the wheel.

Derek Howells said he likes to chat to himself about whatever happens to be on his mind at the time while driving.

He said: "I sometimes sing to myself.

"I sing anything that pops into my head - for the past few weeks it has been Christmas songs.

"I talk to myself often when I'm in the car - I can win those arguments."

Derek, 44, from Swansea, added: "I don't drive much on my own but when I do I tend to have a gab to myself."

The Vauxhall Motoring Moments research also found that 3% of motorists had proposed to their partner in the car while 14% had ended a relationship.

Edited by Tony Woolway
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 19, 2012
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