Are you the passenger from hell? The Car Loan Warehouse spoke to 300 drivers on Tyneside to find out what gets their goat about their passengers.
Respondents were able to select more than one answer – because let’s face it, it’s never just one thing! – as well as provide details of other possible annoyances.
The results were pretty conclusive as to what ‘grinds our gears’ most when chauffeuring passengers. The top gripes were; back seat driving, in- car flatulence (applicable to all white van drivers and their passengers) and being ‘as tight as two coats of paint’ when it comes to splashing the cash for fuel.
My biggest passenger ‘faux pas’ is…when I’m driving and the passenger is talking, and looking at me at the same time, rather than the road, which then obligigates me (out of politeness) into returning a glance at them (which I can’t for obvious reasons). Is it just me…or am I being weird?
The topline results for Newcastle and the surrounding area are:
Being a backseat driver – 42.4%
Not chipping in for petrol – 37%
Breaking wind in the car – 33.8%
‘Are we there yet?’ – 30.1%
Distracting you while you’re driving – 28.9%
Leaving their mess in the car – 25%
Changing the radio station – 24.3%
Putting their feet on the seats – 20.1%
Giving bad directions – 19.6%
Adjusting the air con – 15.8%
Eating/drinking in the car – 12%
Slamming doors – 6.3%
Other – 4.1%
Other takeaways from the study include:
The most annoying gripe for men is backseat drivers, taking a huge 61% of their vote (compared just 37.4% of women). It was also the most popular answer amongst 25-34 year olds.
The biggest annoyance for women is others breaking wind in the car, coming in at 39.8% (compared to 21% of men).
32.1% of men said passengers giving bad directions caused them distress, compared to just 6% of women.
The top answer for 18-24 year olds was passengers not chipping in for petrol. Putting your feet on the seats was second, taking 31.9% of the youth vote.
The data was collected as part of a wider study into the UK’s driving habits by the Car Loan Warehouse. You can see the full results on the Car Loan Warehouse website.
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