Who would you choose to drive with?

South African men would rather go for a ride with the UK’s biggest motor-mouth than with SA’s sexiest woman.

A national survey conducted by BP Ultimate, which included more than 300 drivers from various backgrounds, found that an astonishing 75 percent of men chose Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson as their perfect motoring mate over gorgeous Jeannie D - who was recently voted this year’s Sexiest Woman by You magazine.

Personally, my life has been significantly improved since I decided to allow no further thoughts about Piers Morgan, Jeremy Clarkson, Dawn French and Alan 'Chatty Man' Carr.

Women drivers, however, seemed more interested in eye candy. Soccer sensation Simphiwe Tshabalala and cricketer JP Duminy lost out to rugby star Francois Hougaard, as more than 56 percent of woman wanted hunky Hougaard by their side.

Surprisingly, more than 55 percent of men and women admitted to spending more money on their cars than themselves, and almost 20 percent have named their cars and even celebrate their car’s birthdays. Yes, we are a nation of car lovers.

The poll also revealed that one in two drivers see drive time as down time and would rather drive solo than have any form of company - no matter whether it’s a spouse, lover, friend or celebrity.

A scenic mountain pass was the most popular setting for the perfect drive, closely followed by an ocean drive. Cruising along a country lane only appealed to nine percent.

Setting off on a long weekend was the favourite destination for 43 percent of drivers, although most stated that they simply enjoy driving, wherever they may be headed.

When asked about what the colour of a car says about you, more than 31 percent said black is the new sexy, closely contested by red usually associated with sex-appeal, and white was rated the third most trendy car colour for 2011, with silver fourth.

Engine performance still rates much higher in terms of importance than fuel economy and the environment. Those polled also tended to choose a brand of fuel based on quality and efficiency.

Commenting on the findings, BP corporate communications manager Glenda Zvenyika said: “It’s clear that South African motorists enjoy driving and want the best for their cars, which goes beyond just having a great-looking car. - Star Motoring