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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Two thirds of people believe in-car technology has made them a better driver

Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Two thirds of people believe in-car technology has made them a better driver, while 69pc of people say that car technology plays an important role in their car purchasing decision, according to the latest CarZone motoring report.

When it comes to must-have technology, 47pc of respondents said that they can’t live without GPS, while a quarter can’t do without a Bluetooth handsfree kit.

However, despite the popularity of GPS, parking sensors are the most used technology item among motorists, followed by cruise control which is used by 61pc of motorists.

The bi-annual index which examines trends in the Irish motoring market, also found that one in two people change their car every five years, with 47pc of people tending to stick with the same marque, indicating that brand loyalty remains high among Irish drivers.

Insurance was named as the main financial concern for motorists, with 88pc of respondents saying they noticed a rise in their insurance premium in the last year.

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Fuel was the second biggest concern, followed by road tax and costs associated with the NCT.

“Rising insurance premiums remain a key concern for drivers...However, the overall outlook for the industry is positive with consumers changing their car more frequently,” Ailish Tully, brand manager at Carzone said.

Diesel remains the most popular car fuel for people who live outside urban areas, with over 80pc of people living in rural locations driving a disease car. This figure drops to 51pc in urban areas.

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