Is Your Partner A Terrible Driver?

Tue 16th Oct 2018

One in five married couples think their partner is a dangerous driver and unfit for the road according to a new report which reveals what we really think of our loved one’s driving skills.

The research, which has been carried out by Budget Insurance, surveyed 2,000 married motoring couples and found that husbands are erratic and wives too slow according to the opinion of their other halves.

While 20 per cent said their partner was a dangerous driver, more than a quarter also said that they have refused to get in the car with their partner in the last year as they were fearful for thier own safety.

Women’s main concerns relate to anger, speed and erratic behaviour with their partners driving too fast on country lanes, tailgating other motorists and suffering from road rage. For men it is a lack of driving ability and dawdling at junctions which most winds them up about their partner’s driving.

The survey reveals that when it comes to voicing those concerns, British driving couples aren’t afraid to speak their mind, with 69 per cent admitting that every journey ends in a row.

Anna McEntee, director at the Budget Insurance, said: “We all have a different approach to driving, but the main thing is that we remain safe on the road.

“Arguing about the way someone drives or shouting at them for taking a wrong turn is counterproductive, as it could be a distraction for the person behind the wheel.

“If you’re driving somewhere unfamiliar, check and plan your route beforehand to avoid getting lost, being late and triggering an argument with your other half.”


What winds men up about their partner's driving?

Driving in the wrong gear – 20 percent

Driving too slowly – 20 percent

Lacking confidence to overtake other cars – 20 percent

Taking too long to get out of a junction – 18 percent

Braking too late – 16 percent

Braking too hard – 15 percent

Parking too far from the kerb – 12 percent

Road rage – 12 percent

Breaking the speed limit – 12 percent

Driving aggressively – 10 percent

What winds women up about their partner's driving?

Road rage – 27 percent

Braking too late – 16 percent

Getting angry with the sat nav – 15 percent

Tailgating – 14 percent

Driving too fast on country lanes – 14 percent

Playing music too loudly – 12 percent

Breaking the speed limit – 12 percent

Driving too fast on motorways – 11 percent

Honking the horn too much – 8 percent

Dangerously overtaking cars – 6 percent