easyCar reveals what drives couples mad
on: May 28, 2008, 8:23 am
Release Author: easyCar
Release Summary: easyCar research reveals the most common causes
of couples’ driving squabbles
Release Body: Forget the credit crunch or what to watch on TV;
according to new research from easyCar.com one
of the most common causes of arguments between British couples
is what goes on behind the steering wheel.
latest research from easyCar.com
reveals 37% of couples argue when driving abroad – second
only to couples’ quarrels over money (41%). But it’s
not all bad news for UK motorists, according to leading psychologist
David Moxon, most drivers simply need to recognise their
driving habits and adapt them accordingly.
motoring traits become more pronounced when travelling on unfamiliar
foreign roads and the top driving irritants for loved ones are
poor map reading (48%), driving too fast (28%) and not understanding
road signs (21%).
Moxon has identified four key types of UK drivers when abroad:
the SatNavvies which make up 43% of the population,
the Planners (37%), the Road Signers
(19%) and the Freewheelers (13%).
are characterised by their reliance on the shiny piece of equipment
adorning their dashboards. So attached are they to this piece
of electronic wizardry, they are unlikely to believe it’s
capable of any inaccuracy until they’re bonnet down in a
ditch. The downfall of this type is that 69% end up arguing with
their passengers when driving abroad because they believe the
machine is all-knowing. The number one tip for partners of
SatNavvies is to relax and enjoy the ride, not a lot
can be done to fight the machine.
next most frequent driving type is the Planner.
Drivers in this category like to organise all routes in advance
of heading abroad, often using three different advisor sites to
plan their journey down to the last comfort break. This approach
leads to significantly less disagreements with just half (54%)
arguing with their passengers. Anyone finding themselves stuck
with a planner can rest assured they’re in safe hands as
they’re the most likely of all types to end safely at a
third largest driving type is the Road Signer
(19%). These drivers are impatient to start on their adventure.
They dismiss map reading and shun SatNav in favour of relying
heavily on road signs, regardless of whether they can actually
understand them. Unfortunately this is not the most diplomatic
approach and like the SatNavvies, 7 out of 10 Road Signers end
up quarrelling behind the wheel. The top tip dealing with this
type is to research the route in advance in order to gently guide
in the absence of road signs.
final and smallest group at 13% of UK adults is the Freewheeler.
This type drives through natural instinct alone, not bothering
with the hassle of maps or SatNavs, they trust they will instinctively
know which way to turn when they come to that all-important crossroad.
It may be a great life philosophy, but one in two (54%) Freewheelers
still end up in driving disputes. Top tip: miraculously discover
a map in the glove-box.
Jones, CEO of easyCar.com, said: “A driving
holiday is the best way to get off the well-trod tourist path
and do some exciting trail-blazing of your own. A bit of forward
planning can help make sure your road trip is stress-free."
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov
Plc. Total sample size was 4,173 adults. Fieldwork was
undertaken between 15th - 18th April 2008. The survey was carried
out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative
of all UK adults (aged 18+).
easyCar.com was launched in April 2000 by Stelios,
founder of easyJet.com and Chairman of the easyGroup.
easyCar is now one of the leading international car
rental brokers with a worldwide network of more than 2,400
car hire locations in over
60 countries. easyCar
offers a wide range of vehicles from super-mini and compact cars
to MPV's and luxury cars. In the UK, easyCar also offers Van Hire
under the easyVan.com brand.
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