Older drivers feeling the power

Despite the impression given by boy racers with their loud exhausts and aggressive driving, the most powerful cars driven on UK roads are owned by motorists in their 60s, a study reveals.

Research by insurance company elephant.co.uk found that cars owned by drivers within this age group had an average engine size of 1,947cc.

The survey of 1.5 million drivers also showed that the most expensive cars cost an average of £7,506 and are driven by people in their 50s.

The least expensive cars were, unsurprisingly, driven by those under 20, who also owned the cars with the smallest engine size - at around 1,315cc.

The company's managing director, Brian Martin, said: "Our research shows just how the type of car we choose changes as we get older. It's rather unsurprising to see younger motorists driving cheaper, less powerful cars but to see the over 60s driving the most powerful cars is more of a surprise.

"Hopefully their driving experience means they're well-placed to handle cars with larger engines."

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