Old Couples Drive Alike, Say Motor Insurance FirmsMon, 06/06/2011
It is said that the longer a couple stay together the more they start to look alike and copy each other’s mannerisms, in light of this is should be no surprise to find that they are also likely to drive alike.
Motor insurance research has revealed that both men and women tend to mirror each other's style of driving, whether good or bad. Women married to aggressive men tend to become more belligerent over time and are more likely to be involved in a road rage incident. Men married to timid women tend to become more cautious, say motor insurance researchers.
The study examined the driving styles of more than 800 married couples whose ages ranged from 19 to 68, and considered many variables including driving speed, attentiveness and assertiveness.
Questions asked in the survey included whether drivers tailgated cars in front, jumped red lights, tapped nervously on the steering wheel or allowed cars to pull out in front of them.
"The higher the level of recklessness and aggressiveness of men, the higher the level of such driving styles can be expected for their women partners," commented one of the team of researchers.
Children also tend to pick up on their parents' driving habits. "Two risk-taking parents in the car is a very bad example for a child or a teenager," he added.