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