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Survey Says Betsy Most Popular Car Name, Weirdest Includes NellyBelly

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/17/2014 Karla Sanchez

If you have a pet name for your car, you're not alone. A new survey conducted by Hankook Tire reveals that 35 percent of Americans have named their cars before, and while some names were quite popular, others were completely unique and off-the-wall.

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Names that started with a "B" were a favorite, with some of the more popular ones being Baby, Besty, and Bessie. Those with more unique names included "The Accordion," "NellyBelly," and "Petunia." Either way, the survey also revealed the owner's gender usually influences how the name of their cars. Forty percent of women reported that they gave their cars feminine names as opposed to the 8 percent that gave them masculine names. The same trend was seen with males, with 28 percent of them giving them masculine names versus the 23 percent that gave them female-like names. Gender didn't matter to 51 percent of the participant who neither labeled their cars as being male or females. We previously featured a TOTD that asked readers what they named their first cars, and some of the names included Barbie for a Chevrolet Malibu, Blitzkreig for a 1999 BMW 740iL, and Durango Tango for a Dodge Durango, obviously. 1011 2011 Dodge Durango Front Closeup© Provided by MotorTrend 1011 2011 Dodge Durango Front Closeup

The survey also revealed that dads are the most popular teachers when it comes to learning about how to drive and how to change a tire. Some learned the hard way, with 34 percent of them being forced to change a tire during an emergency. Surprisingly, 22 percent of the people surveyed admitted they still don't know how to change a tire. Other highlights from the survey reveal that 62 percent of Americans got their first car when they were teens, while 16 percent have reported they've driven over 105 mph.

The Hankook Tire Gauge Index is a quarterly survey that asks Americans about several driving-related issues. The spring installment of the survey, conducted April 9-10, 2014 polled 1,007 randomly selected Americans.

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