Who's snooping through your car? (via CarInsurance.com)Enlarge Photo
When people ask to borrow our computers, we fear the worst. We clear our browser history, hide questionable files, and turn off chat programs to prevent moms or granddads or co-workers from stumbling across anything unseemly.
Do we do the same when folks borrow our cars? Probably not -- but according to a new study, we should.
The folks at CarInsurance.com surveyed a total of 1,500 licensed drivers who'd borrowed a vehicle in the past two years. Of that number, a staggering 63 percent snooped through the car in the process.
On the whole, men were far worse about prying than women -- in fact, 76 percent of men said that they opened the borrowed car's glove box, center console, or trunk, while just 44 percent of women said the same.
Co-workers were the worst offenders. Thought they made up just eight percent of car-borrowers, they snooped 79 percent of the time. Boyfriends and girlfriends came in a close second, poking around 77 percent of the time.
Don't trust your neighbors, either: 72 percent of them admitted to digging through borrowed vehicles. And 67 percent of friends were guilty of doing the same.
Your safest bets are probably relatives, but even Aunt Joan and Uncle Ralphie are more likely to rifle through your junk than leave it alone. On the whole, 56 percent said that they'd snooped through their kinfolk's cars.
What were these would-be Hardy Boys and Nancy Drews looking for? Were they nosy, or did they have a "valid" reason for poking around? According to the study:
"Well big deal," most of us think. "Let them look. I've got nothing to hide." But is that the case? A fair number of these car-borrowing Gladys Kravitzes turned up some dirt:
Perhaps worst (or weirdest) of all, 72 percent of snoopers said that they discussed their findings with the car's owners. "Thanks so much for loaning me your truck for my move. Here are the keys. Oh, and here's the quarter bag I found sewn into the back seat. Nice job on that -- do you think you could fix my upholstery sometime?"