Don't Drive Miss Crazy This Valentine's Day!

Nearly half of women say bad driving habits have the potential to turn them off a partner

9 February 2015

Cars are more likely to be filled with irritated partners than loved-up couples this Valentine’s Day, as research from Nationwide Building Society reveals nearly two thirds (62%) have been left annoyed with their other half’s driving habits. 

The research also shows how bad drivers run the risk of ruining a romantic night out, with over a third of people (36%) saying bad driving habits may turn them off a partner. Interestingly, there is a clear gender divide; with nearly half of women (45%) stating that poor driving habits could ruin a relationship. This compares to just a quarter (25%) of men.
Nationwide’s survey, which polled more than 2,000 adults across the UK, highlights the need for adequate car insurance, with careless and poor driving being the main cause of road accidents, according to the Department for Transport.

The top five annoyances for those whose past and present partners have irritated them due to their driving were: 

1. losing their temper – 29%
2. driving too fast – 28%
3. braking at the last minute – 22%
4. not paying attention to the road – 21%
5. tailgating – 18%

The research also shows that men and women get annoyed by different driving traits. For example, women surveyed find it irritating when partners drive too fast (35%), lose their temper (35%), tailgate (23%) and brake at the last minute (23%). Meanwhile, the poll shows men surveyed get frustrated with partners not paying attention to the road (27%), driving too slowly (24%), braking at the last minute (21%)/ losing their temper (21%) and parking badly (18%).

Martyn Dyson, Nationwide’s Head of General Insurance, said: “With Valentine’s Day upon us we can expect couples to be planning the perfect evening out with their partners. However, it appears they may need to put as much time and effort into improving their driving habits as planning a romantic evening.  Not only are bad driving habits frustrating our nearest and dearest, they’re also a potential safety hazard - with driving too fast, braking at the last minute, not paying attention to the road and tailgating posing a real and present danger on the road. This is why it is essential to have good quality car insurance; with the appropriate level of cover should the worst happen. Without it, bad drivers could be left with an expensive repair bill and a spare cinema ticket.”

Nationwide’s car insurance provides one of the most comprehensive policies in the market, as indicated by a Defaqto 5 star rating and includes many competitive features, such as up to 75 per cent no claims discount (75% applies if customers have 5 years or more claims free), courtesy car included at no extra cost and European cover for up to 180 days when travelling in EU countries.

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 2,227 UK adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 29th to 30th January 2015.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

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