Change 'worth £109m' stored in cars

Motorists in Britain store a collective £109 million in loose change inside their cars and vans, according to new estimates.

A survey by discount website found that more than three-quarters of drivers purposely keep cash in their vehicles.

The study, which questioned more than 2,100 people, determined that the average amount stored in a vehicle is around £4.20.

According to the website, there are 34.3 million vehicles registered across the country, which means a potential £109,485,600 worth of change is stashed inside them.

The group urged motorists to make sure they do not leave cash or valuables inside cars in any way that will attract thieves and lead to break-ins and claims on their car insurance cover.

Mark Pearson, chairman of MyVoucherCodes, said: "People really need to be careful when keeping cash in their vehicle, particularly if it is left on display. This acts as a real advertisement for thieves, and has undoubtedly tempted numerous break-ins."

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