Forget About It! Poll Ranks Motorists' Memory Lapses


How do we forget things? Let us count the ways.

How many times have you hopped in the driver’s seat and driven halfway to work before realizing you left your vital morning coffee on the roof of your car? Ever seen that episode of “Seinfeld” where they spend the entire time roaming around the shopping-mall parking garage looking for Kramer’s car? We’ve been there too, and it turns out, so have many other motorists.

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Global tire manufacturer Hankook Tire took a poll of more than 1,000 Americans, asking them about some of the car-related goofs they’d committed. By far the most respondents — well over half — copped to forgetting where they’d parked, followed by misplacing keys and forgetting to screw that pesky gas cap back on.

Here are drivers’ top five brain blunders, followed by the percentage of poll participants reporting said blunders:

1. Forgot where you parked, 55 percent

2. Had to call a locksmith or find a spare set of keys to get back on the road, 41 percent

3. Forgot to put the gas cap back on after fueling up, 33 percent

4. Used a GPS device to get yourself headed in the right direction, 40 percent

5. Left belongings on top of your car while driving, 26 percent

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