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One way to accurately monitor your mileage is with a black box (also known as telematics) insurance policy.These types of policy work by using a small device installed in the car or a mobile phone app to monitor usage.
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Drivers also overestimated the journey between Manchester and Liverpool, guessing a distance of 94 miles instead of the actual 34 miles (a difference of 177%).
Cardiff to Bristol also caused confusion, with the average guess being 116 miles.
The old arrangement was judged to represent 'an unjustified restriction for the customer'.
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On average, drivers in our survey overestimated the distance between cities by 14%.
When asked the distance between Manchester and Sheffield, drivers overestimated by a staggering 190% — assuming a distance of 110 miles, when the locations are actually only 38 miles apart.
However, despite the easy access to MOT certificates, only 22% of drivers refer to them when to estimate mileage when applying for a car insurance policy.
Rod Jones, insurance expert at u Switch, said: “While many of us are guilty of relying on gut feeling when providing our mileage information when applying for a car insurance policy, misjudging the number of miles you drive in a year can have a real impact on your wallet.
Our new computerised system is now up and running, this enables us to contact customers by email, text or phone to send reminders or to alert them that their car is ready, the system also tracks the progress of work in the workshop giving us accurate estimates of job time completion and status.