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'Drive with Clarkson? No way!'

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Jeremy Clarkson has topped a poll of the celebrities people would least like to share a driving adventure with.

The controversial TV presenter and columnist was rated as the worst person to share a 4x4 drive across the Sahara Desert.

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091211: Hosts Richard Hammond, left, Jeremy Clarkson, centre, and James May could be presenting Top Gear live from Durban next year.

Hot on Clarkson's heels was Katie Price with Prime Minister David Cameron a close third.

Three quarters of drivers would rather ditch a celebrity, with nearly half opting for a family member to join them, whilst the rest put friends in front of the famous.

The poll of 2000 motorists by Continental Tyres identified a good sense of humour as the top trait for a co-driver, ahead of good motoring knowledge and survival skills.

The research was conducted as part of the launch of this year's Conti 4x4 Trophy, where people compete for a place on an epic off-road challenge, driving a Hummer across the Sahara Desert.

Continental Tyres’ Tim Bailey: “Driving thousands of kilometres through the Atlas Mountains and the fiery sands of the Sahara Desert makes your choice of co-driver incredibly important.

“Jeremy Clarkson might have motoring credentials but either his calamitous road trips on Top Gear or his outspoken views mean most people would leave him behind.” - Sunday Life

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