By Mary Ann Pickford
The results of a recent survey reveal a nation of superstitious drivers, with many confessing to going through rituals while behind the wheel.
According to a study by car park operator NCP, some motorists only park in "lucky spaces" while others hold their breath when cruising over bridges or through tunnels. Nearly one in three check they have locked their vehicles at least once, with some always going back to their car to make sure.
Findings also show more than a tenth attempt to make traffic lights flick to green quicker by talking to them, and one in twelve stick to the routes they know even if it might add more time to their journey.
The same proportion said they talk to their motor and show their appreciation for getting them safely to a destination by saying "thanks".
A further 25 per cent think the car's colour has an effect on whether the driver is lucky or not, with silver considered the number one shade for luck and green and red the least favourite of superstitious drivers.
Some motorists even think their luck increases if a bird leaves droppings on their windscreen, the report said.