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Research from LeasePlan UK, part of the world’s largest vehicle management group, shows that Britain is a nation of trusting lovers, with over half of motorists (58%) saying they would put their full trust in their partner to drive their car compared to just 7% who said they would only trust themselves.

Back seat drivers

And, if you thought us Brits were a nation of fault-finding back-seat drivers, you might be surprised to hear that almost half (48%) of those motorists surveyed say they never nag their other half whilst driving, with older drivers finding even less fault in their loved ones as 65% of over 55s say they never bicker with their partner whilst driving.

It’s not just bickering that takes a back seat for older drivers; only 40% of those surveyed over the age of 55 claimed they were a better driver than their partner, compared with more than half (59%) of 25-34 year-olds, who would rather put themselves behind the wheel.

Better driver than your partner?

The LeasePlan data gleaned from 1002 respondents across the UK, did suggest that some of us still like to ‘nag’ with more than one-in-five (25%) of those questioned hung-up about their partner driving too fast and 16% getting irate over bad parking.

Unsurprisingly, men are more likely to consider themselves as the better driver (64%) Beeping the car horn, road rage and not reading road signs were also highlighted as reasons for berating their partner’s driving ability.

Matthew Walters, Head of Consultancy Services, LeasePlan UK commented: “It’s encouraging to see that the UK is a nation of trusting drivers. It’s important to feel comfortable in the car with whoever it is that’s taken the driving seat. Distractions whilst driving can be a cause of road traffic accidents, so it’s always important to try and keep a level head, keeping bickering to a minimum and save your spats for outside the car.”

So, whilst some co-drivers might always find a bee in their partner’s bonnet, nearly half of Brits are driving love forward and are swapping nagging for niceties to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day.

Notes of the methodology

LeasePlan conducted the research in conjunction with Atomik Research, among n=1002 people in the UK.


Published at October 1, 2018
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