Big­gest first date driv­ing turn-offs

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

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