Why is it always 7 out of 10 motorists?

posted in: General News, Weird News

A Halloween tale of spooky goings on in the world of driving statistics…

7 Out of 10 Survey

We don’t do many surveys of our car and van rental customers. It’s rare we ask what you get up to in your rental van, how far you plan to travel or how often you hire a vehicle. But if we did, we imagine there’d be a spread of results because the people who hire from us do so for all sorts of reasons.

You could probably say the same about every walk of life. Apart from, it seems, the people who take part in motoring surveys. Because when it comes to motoring surveys, something creepy is going on. Whatever the question, it seems the answer is always the same: 7 out of 10 motorists believe that…

Don’t believe us? Here’s a recent sample:

That’s a lot of sevens. But is it really so strange? Surely if you were to look a little deeper, you’ll find plenty of examples of stats that don’t end up at 7 out of 10.

But not so. In an entirely unscientific piece of research, we’d invite you to type ‘7 out of 10 motorists’ into Google and see what’s returned. If your results are the same as ours, you’ll have a full page of reports and surveys to look at. Now do the same for ‘6 out of 10 motorists’. We couldn’t find a single result.

We make no comment on that. But like an episode of The Twilight Zone (or Black Mirror if you’re under 40), it just seems a little odd that in lots of independent surveys, the same results keep cropping up again and again. Spooky.

Happy Halloween.

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