"Spirited" driving and music booming out of your make-shift music system may have been the tactic of choice for wooing a potential romantic partner when you were 17, but it seems that opposite is true in a more mature dating scenario. A clean, well-kept, and well-driven car is the best way to secure a second date – well, if cars were the only factor at play.
Yahoo! News reports:
“Want to impress on a first date? Then clean your car, calm your road rage and put your phone out of your mind, says a new study of first date turn-offs.
Four of the top 10 pet hates in a first encounter are related to cars, with road rage (46%), texting (45%) and chatting on your mobile (44%) when behind the wheel all among the biggest peeves for new potential partners.
While those three were fifth, sixth and seventh on the list, 10th spot is occupied by a dirty car, with 23% saying it was a no-no.
The survey was conducted for the Institute of Advanced Motorists. Outside the top 10 answers were an inability to find and get into a parking space (11%), and overly cautious driving. More than one in seven said a slowcoach puts the brakes on the date.
On the other hand, good driving skills came 8th on the corresponding list of first date turn-ons with 11%, beating 'great shoes' (9%) and 'nice car' (7%). But enthusiastic gents should remember that in most cases this doesn't mean an ability to complete handbrake turns.
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. Being able to manoeuvre properly and drive carefully should be much higher up on people's dating priorities.”
So next time you’re whisking away your date to a romantic meal, remember: ‘mirror, signal, maneuverer!’ Also, it’s unsurprising that using your mobile phone is frowned upon, not only is it dangerous, but you’d be failing to pay any attention to your lovely date – opting instead to text and call, it’s a no-brainer really.