Biggest first date driving turn-offs
FORGET flowers and chocolates, it would appear that the surest way to woo a potential love interest is to grab the “learner” sign and brush up on driving skills, as a new survey from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) revealed in the UK.
The research revealed that Brits pick up on the driving skills of a date — good or bad — within the first 65 seconds of getting in the car, with half picking up on their potential partner’s prowess behind the wheel in just 20 seconds.
While rudeness scored highest on the list, with 81% of Brits citing bad manners as the worst thing a suitor can do, driving is a three-point turn off as nearly half of the 10 worst offences happen in the car before the date has even begun.
The research found road rage to be the worst firstdate faux pas for almost half (46%) of the people, while a similar number said texting at the wheel leaves them wanting to put the brakes on the date.
Talking on a cellphone while driving appeared at number seven on the list, grinding the gears of 44% of those questioned. And it’s best to bin those chip packets as nearly a quarter (23%) find a dirty car unappealing. A further one in 10 (11%) are irritated by someone who takes 15 minutes to park, while an eighth of Brits (13%) find overly cautious drivers who go under the speed limit off-putting.
Other turn-offs include bad personal hygiene, which causes four in five (80%) of us to lose interest, and no sense of humour, which shirks nearly three quarters (70%) of singletons. Being self-obsessed (69%) and sweaty palms (25%) also scored highly in the list. On the flip side, more than one in 10 (11%) Brits say good driving skills get their motors running on a first date, beating a nice car (seven percent) and great shoes (nine percent).
The IAM’s chief executive, Sarah Sillars, said: “Bad driving not only has an impact on the safety of our roads, but can also affect your chances of romance.