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Gingersnap
07-20-2010, 04:17 PM
One in three men 'frightened' by their partner's driving

One in three men do not feel safe when their wife or girlfriend is driving, a study has found.

Published: 7:30AM BST 20 Jul 2010

One in three men don't feel safe when their partner is in the driving seat Photo: GETTY
Millions of men find themselves pushing their feet down into the footwell because their wife or partner brakes late.

Others regularly spend large chunks of a journey gripping the edges of the passenger seat.

One in ten said they had been forced to grab the steering wheel as their partner took her eyes off the road and careered towards the central reservation.

A spokesman for OnePoll.com, an online market research giant which commissioned the study among 3,000 men, said: "Most feel they are better drivers than the women in their lives.

"They believe they concentrate a lot better, read road situations more quickly and clearly and have better reactions.

"One in five even went as far as to say they were never able to relax when their other half is driving."

The study also found that one in five couples have argued due to the other one's driving.

Men's biggest complaints were that women are too easily distracted by children, scenery or other motorists.

Other grumbles included allowing the car to "roll" from side to side instead of keeping it in a straight line and not staying away from rumble strips.

Flicking the accelerator, which results in a stop-start feel to the ride, also came high on the list as did getting too close to cars before overtaking.

It also emerged that one in ten men have felt it necessary to ask their wife to pull over so they can take the wheel.

A spokesman for OnePoll added: "I am sure women's driving can't be as bad as men believe.

"It is probably more a case that men just think they are safer drivers.

Most other drivers scare me. Mr. Snaps has never complained about my driving.

Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7899600/One-in-three-men-frightened-by-their-partners-driving.html)

Articulate_Ape
07-20-2010, 04:21 PM
Most other drivers scare me. Mr. Snaps has never complained about my driving.

That's because he's too busy screaming in terror.

FlaGator
07-20-2010, 04:22 PM
Most other drivers scare me. Mr. Snaps has never complained about my driving.

Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7899600/One-in-three-men-frightened-by-their-partners-driving.html)

To terrified to speak I suspect...

djones520
07-20-2010, 04:24 PM
I'm not afraid of my wifes driving. I am always uncomfortable sitting in the passenger seat of my car though. I don't care who is driving.

lacarnut
07-20-2010, 04:32 PM
. I am always uncomfortable sitting in the passenger seat of my car though. I don't care who is driving.

Same here. I try not to scare the shit out of people riding with me but it seldom works out that way.

PoliCon
07-20-2010, 04:36 PM
To terrified to speak I suspect...

my guess. . . . I know that when the wife was looking at cars I had one requirement - there had to be a well placed OH SHIT handle for the passenger seat.

ralph wiggum
07-20-2010, 04:38 PM
That's because he's too busy screaming in terror.

Bingo! :D

PoliCon
07-20-2010, 04:40 PM
I'm not afraid of my wifes driving. I am always uncomfortable sitting in the passenger seat of my car though. I don't care who is driving.

the wife scares me much less than my mother and worse - my sister-in-law who once hit a fast moving building . . . :rolleyes:

Articulate_Ape
07-20-2010, 04:49 PM
the wife scares me much less than my mother and worse - my sister-in-law who once hit a fast moving building . . . :rolleyes:

My mother is the worst driver on the planet. Thankfully she no longer drives.

malloc
07-20-2010, 05:18 PM
My only complaint is that my wife likes to tailgate people. She thinks it's natural to be one car length behind. However, on the freeway one car length translates to about one second, not the requisite two that it would take to react. Also, she has a habbit that doesn't scare me, but annoys me. She drives full speed up to the point where she absolutely has to break to make a stop at a light or sign, and brakes like mad. It really only annoys me because I'm the one who has to replace the brake pads every 25,000 miles instead of 35,000 or so that would be normal for my vehicle.

Gingersnap
07-20-2010, 05:32 PM
My only complaint is that my wife likes to tailgate people. She thinks it's natural to be one car length behind.

I am her complete opposite. I really understand that whole braking distance thing so I stay well back. If other cars slip in, I just drop back again. My object in normal braking is to fully use any inertia available.

The odd thing is that I actually drive above the speed limit almost all the time. I just hate jerky stops and starts.

lacarnut
07-20-2010, 05:39 PM
The odd thing is that I actually drive above the speed limit almost all the time. I just hate jerky stops and starts.

Anything under 90mph on the interstate and I feel like I am crawling.

PoliCon
07-20-2010, 06:30 PM
My object in normal braking is to fully use any inertia available.


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Gingersnap
07-20-2010, 06:40 PM
I paid attention in Physics. Don't worry about me.

Articulate_Ape
07-20-2010, 07:25 PM
We're not worried about you. We're worried about Mr. Snaps. :p

Gingersnap
07-20-2010, 08:52 PM
We're not worried about you. We're worried about Mr. Snaps. :p

Don't worry about him, he's a Survivalist.

NJCardFan
07-21-2010, 03:08 AM
My only complaint is that my wife likes to tailgate people. She thinks it's natural to be one car length behind. However, on the freeway one car length translates to about one second, not the requisite two that it would take to react. Also, she has a habbit that doesn't scare me, but annoys me. She drives full speed up to the point where she absolutely has to break to make a stop at a light or sign, and brakes like mad. It really only annoys me because I'm the one who has to replace the brake pads every 25,000 miles instead of 35,000 or so that would be normal for my vehicle.

Are we married to the same woman?