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Study: Bad Driving Makes You Unattractive to Potential Partners

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/27/2015 Megan Stewart
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According to a study by the U.K.'s Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), bad driving habits can actually make you less attractive to partners by up to 50 percent. The study found that 4 in 5 women and half of all men find bad driving habits to be a turnoff.

Research

To complete the study, IAM teamed up with Jo Hemmings, a prominent behavioral psychologist. The team showed different candidates videos of good and bad drivers and took note of their pulse rate, pupil dilation, blink rate, and body language.

Of the women surveyed, the top unattractive driving behaviors were illegal overtaking, road rage, bad parking, texting while driving, and three-point turns. The men had a similar list, with the order being three-point turns, taking selfies at the wheel, texting and driving, driving the wrong way around a roundabout, and bad parking.

Nearly 84 percent of female candidates reported negative feelings toward the drivers in the videos after seeing their incompetence, with attractiveness dropping from 4.8 to 2.8. Men, on the other hand, were more tolerant, with around 28 percent reporting negative feelings after watching the videos. "There is no doubt that across the board most candidates, and nearly all of the women, found bad driving to be a turn-off," said Jo Hemmings in a release.

The study was conducted in the U.K., and the results showed 46 percent of all participants stating that road rage was the worst first-date turn-off, with 1 in 10 irritated by someone who takes 15 minutes to park, and another eighth of the participants citing overly cautious drivers who go under the speed limit as off-putting.

Source: IAM

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