Here's a clutch of funny motor claims from Backchat's pals at intermediary Roadrunner.

This one may not be popular with animal lovers: “I pulled into the lay-by with smoke coming from under the bonnet. I realised the car was on fire, so I took my dog and smothered it with a blanket.”

Another claimant is refreshingly honest: “I was admiring a young lady walking along the opposite pavement. It's a habit. I can't help it.”

And lastly, a claim from this off-road driver: “While attempting to demonstrate the vehicle's capabilities over fairly rough terrain, I unfortunately hit a pothole. I lost control, the vehicle spun around and hit a tree at its nearside.”