It has been revealed that trendy supersized handbags are becoming a threat to the safety of women motorists.
Female drivers spend an average of 416 hours in a lifetime rummaging through handbags in search of "buried" car keys.
A worrying 12% of female motorists have had their bag or its contents stolen while they were distracted and 28% sensed they were being followed when they walked to their car alone.
A further 41% admitted that this feeling was heightened if they could not immediately find their car keys in their bulky bags - leaving themselves feeling vulnerable for longer than necessary.
A third of 1,080 women surveyed said they felt panicked or anxious about not being able to locate keys quickly, especially when travelling alone or late at night.
However, the risks are not only at night as national crime statistics reveal that women are most vulnerable on a weekday during daylight hours with 577,000 thefts - including handbag crimes - having been reported over the past year.
New developments into increasing female driver’s safety have seen the creation of a key that looks like a wearable cocktail ring, making it easier for the driver to have the keys at hand, or more fittingly on hand.
Once safely in their vehicle female motorists can then rummage through their supersized handbags to find their ignition key.