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Thinking of buying a vehicle but lacking a little self-confidence? Then you may want to consider a black Ford pickup, guys. That's because a recent survey reports that it is the type of vehicle that most women believe an attractive man would drive.

Insure.com's online survey asked 2,000 licensed drivers over the age of 18, "What qualities in a vehicle were most likely to be driven by attractive members of the opposite sex?"

The results among female respondents: trucks (32 per cent), sports cars (27 per cent), SUVs (16 per cent), sedans (11 per cent), hybrids/electric vehicles (9 per cent), minivans (2 per cent) and mail vans (yes, postal delivery trucks at less than 1 per cent).

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Black was the runaway colour choice among women (53 per cent), followed by silver (16 per cent) and red (13 per cent). Ford was the top brand (16 per cent), then Chevrolet (13 per cent) and Porsche (11 per cent).

On the flip side, women looking for love should drive a red BMW sports car.

Male respondents said attractive women drive sports cars (39 per cent) followed by sedans (22 per cent) and SUVs (20 per cent), pickup trucks (10 per cent) and hybrid/electric vehicles (6 per cent). Minivans were last here (4 per cent). More specifically, green minivans are the kiss of dating death for women.

Red, however, was the top colour choice for men (40 per cent), with black (23 per cent) and silver (14 per cent) second and third. Men believe that attractive women are more likely to drive a BMW (16 per cent), Mercedes-Benz (14 per cent) or a Porsche (10 per cent).

YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP

You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn't used a little roadside sweet talk or a white lie to try to escape a traffic ticket. However, what a New Mexico woman allegedly did went beyond the pale. Roswell police say Savana Jimenez, 22, called 911 on Jan. 26 to report a gunman near a convenience store – hoping the officer who stopped the car she was a passenger in would get dispatched to the fake felony. The eagle-eyed officer saw her fiddling with her phone, asked his dispatcher to trace the 911 call, and the jig was up. The Associated Press reports that Jimenez later admitted her guilt to police and she has been charged with obstruction. And what was the driver getting a ticket for? A taillight violation.

GRAND THEFT AUTO?

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It's good to see that those endless hours today's zombie youth generation spends in front of gaming consoles, mindlessly playing video games, isn't going to waste. In fact, it's downright educational. For example: A 12-year-old boy who took his grandmother's Nissan Altima on a joyride told police that he learned to drive from playing video games, The St. Catharines Standard reports.

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