21/08/2011 04:03 BST | Updated 20/10/2011 06:12 BST

Cars 'Accelerate Dating Prospects'

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Getting a car can lead to getting a date for a number of young people, according to a new survey.

As many as 34% of 17-25 year olds felt they were more likely to get a girlfriend or boyfriend if they had a car and could drive, the poll by found.

The choice of vehicle appeared unimportant, with only 12% of young adults admitting to dating someone because of the type of car they had.

As many as 65% of the 2,000 people aged 17-25 who were surveyed said it was "really shallow" to go out with someone because of the car they drove.

But 18% of young men and 19% of young women reckoned the better car you drove, the better sex life you had.

The biggest barrier to driving was the cost of insurance, with 87% citing this as a deterrent.

This was an even higher disincentive than the cost of a buying a car. The cost of petrol and of motoring taxes, as well as the cost of driving lessons and the cost of repairs, were other major deterrents.

Only 2% of those surveyed reckoned there were no barriers to their taking to the road.