| 12.8°C Dublin

Steer clear of cuddling in cars -- and avoid injuries

In-car kissing and cuddling causes injury to almost one in five participants, a survey revealed today.

As many as 17pc of those who have got amorous in a vehicle have suffered some form of hurt, the poll by insurance company elephant.co.uk found. Top of the injury list is a banged head, followed by a pulled muscle, bashed elbows and knees, a cricked neck and damage caused by the gear stick.

Of the 3,000 motorists polled, 56pc have enjoyed some in-car love, with the back seat the most popular spot, although 6pc admitted using the boot.

The most frisky motorists appear to be those from south west England, with 61pc admitting in-car amorous adventures.

Northern Irish drivers are least likely to get romantic, with only 48pc prepared to to get passionate in their motor.

Asked which car they thought would be best for some lovemaking, those polled opted first for a Volkswagen camper van, followed by a Rolls-Royce, an Aston Martin, a Land Rover Discovery and a Volvo Estate.

Elephant.co.uk managing director Brian Martin said: "I was surprised to see so many people admit they've used their cars in this way.

"The results show people's passion is a spur-of-the-moment thing -- it seems some people just can't wait for the bedroom."