• Jul 21, 2010
Here's a handy piece of information to keep in mind the next time you hop into the car with your significant other. According to a study commissioned by Halfords – a UK car accessory company – 70 percent of those polled admitted to having an argument in a vehicle at least once a month. The biggest cause of friction behind the wheel? Navigation. More than 33 percent of responses said that directions, or the lack there of, are a regular point of contention between couples behind the wheel. A hefty 85 percent of those surveyed said that the clashes began when the driver refused to stop and ask for directions.
The solution? Pick up a GPS device, of course. The New York Times says that in a separate study in which 502 people were surveyed, around a quarter of women said that they weren't confident in their sense of direction. Only nine percent of guys said the same, even though 58 percent of men in the study admitted to using personal GPS. Take away the technological aid, mix in a little insecurity, a stressful situation and voila! Instant domestic discord. So cut your partner some slack during this road trip season – they just might repay the favor the next time you're at the helm.

[Source: The New York Times]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      "Study: Most in-car arguments are over directions. No they aren't. Yes they are."

      That's not an argument. That's just contradiction.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What are you, single? ;-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      We don't have a problem with directions. For us it's, "where are we going to dine?" It's gotten so bad that we've bound The Question up with elaborate rules that would make a '70s RPG designer wince.
      • 4 Years Ago
      a big DUH!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Q: What's the definition of Jewish Foreplay?

        A: 2 and a half hours of begging.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Don't make me tell you again!"

      /slap
      • 4 Years Ago
      Every time we find ourselves in a car with GPS (like a rental) my wife makes me turn it off. She hates it. Of course I still have to find where we are going. Fortunately I have these pieces of paper called maps.

      OTOH I serve as her personal GPS / onstar when she goes out driving on her own. She gets lost and calls me. I get a map, which helps, once I get enough information to figure out what direction she is going. She usually doesn't know.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I reprogrammed my wife's GPS...
      Now instead of "turn left" it says "You're beautiful!", and instead of "turn right" it says "now go make me a sandwich."
      She loves me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess you programmed it for when she drives from the bedroom to the kitchen?
      • 4 Years Ago
      So many studies today that should be named Captain Obvious studies.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ....and when the GPS isn't correct, then the polite discussion to on where to flush it or how much to pay for updates can begin!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If only women didn't insist so much on playing backseat driver...