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Many people get quite attached to their cars. And why not? After all, they drive to work in them, eat in them, use them as mobile offices - and apparently, use them as alternative locations in which to have sex.

According to a poll by ALA insurance brokers, 49 per cent of drivers admit to having performed a sex act in a vehicle at some point, with the most common frequency found to be between two and five times.

One in ten even revealed they have performed a sex act in a vehicle more than ten times, suggesting the naughtiness is somewhat addictive to thrillseekers who want to get away from their beds.

And although you might assume that having sex in a car would be a spontaneous, let's-do-it-here-because-we-can't-keep-our-hands-off-each-other kind of act, you'd be wrong: 53 per cent of erotic automobile experiences were actually pre-planned.

It seems you're more likely to indulge in car-based sex if you live in Norwich, as 63 per cent of people there revealed they had performed a sex act in a vehicle more than once. Weirdly though, just over 41 per cent claimed they did this because it was the only space available to them. At the other end of the scale, Newcastle was the place least likely to indulge in sex in vehicles.

And shrug off any preconceptions you might have about all this romping being down to young people, because that demographic was actually least likely to have sex in the car. In fact, it was 35 to 44-year-olds who were the main culprits.

When it came to where people have been getting down to business, 75 per cent of those polled said they were parked - although not always on private land. However, worryingly, a quarter of respondents revealed they were actually driving and didn't pull over when the urge came over them.

Managing director of ALA Simon England told the Sun: "As there is no singular law to give guidance to UK drivers around having sex in a car, we thought it would be interesting to find out the attitudes and experiences of the British public in this matter."

The company concluded by warning: "Sex in cars might sound like fun, but it can have serious safety and legal implications. So, anyone thinking about engaging in intra-vehicular activity of this sort should probably think about alternative venues first. In other words, get a room!"

Meanwhile, one couple who did get out of their vehicle to have sex recently caused a storm on social media. The unnamed pair were spotted in flagrante next to local landmark White Nancy in Bollington, Cheshire, by a man who had gone to take a photo of the sunset and got rather a lot more than he bargained for.