Couples argue about anything and everything – what to watch, what to eat, where to go, what to do. But in the car, speeding is the most frequent topics of bickering between couples, new research has found.
In a survey conducted by BuyACar.co.uk, almost 1,200 motorists were asked ‘does your partner criticise your driving?’.
Less than a tenth of those under 34 said their partner indulged in ‘back-seat driving’, but more than a third of drivers over 55 criticise their partner’s handling of the car.
Speeding topped the list of complaints, but braking too late and too hard or taking unnecessary risks came not too far behind.
Other frequent causes of irritation for passengers included driving too cautiously or slowly, poor lane discipline and failing to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
Austin Collins, managing director of BuyACar.co.uk, believes the survey shows the UK to be “a nation of nervous and critical motorists and passengers”.
He noted that people become grumpier with their partner’s driving in later years.
“From the comments we received, it’s fair to say that every kind of driving style, from fast and aggressive to thoughtful and careful comes in for criticism from the passenger, so taking a car journey together looks like a no-win for a lot of couples,” he commented.
“Now we’re heading toward the school holidays, it looks like a summer of strife ahead on the roads of Britain, even before traffic jams or road closures come into the equation.”
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, added: “This summer is going to be a hot one and that could certainly have an effect on the patience threshold of drivers and passengers.”
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