One in three Brits admit to "carguments"

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


More than a third of British drivers admit to having arguments while travelling in the car, according to new research.


A study from the RAC found that 36 per cent of motorists confess to having “carguments”, with Londoners aged 25-44 being the most likely to row – particularly with their partners.


In fact, the survey of 2,000 motorists discovered that half of 25-44 year-olds argued while driving, compared with just 25 per cent of over 70s.


The study found drivers from London are the most argumentative, with nearly half (46%) confessing to in-car tensions – more than in any other part of the country.


The next most confrontational car users come from Scotland where over one in four (43%) argue while driving, while Welsh drivers appear the most chilled out, with just 27% engaging in carguments. 


Over a quarter (26%) of all carguments happen when drivers are heading off on a day-trip, while more than a fifth (22%) take place en-route to a holiday.


Almost half (46%) of all arguments centred around directions, while two in five (39%) were based on the “standard” of driving.


RAC spokesperson Simon Williams described the survey results as “worrying”, pointing out that quarrelling drivers may not be giving their full attention to the road.


“The stress of leaving on time for a summer holiday or a day out together with the confined environment of a car must be the perfect recipe for an argument,” he said. “Add children into the equation, or perhaps a visit to the in-laws, and it’s not so much a question of if an argument will start but when. And then there’s those driving hundreds of miles to Europe who have even longer in the car to fall out.


“It’s also amusing to see that despite the fact we live in the era of the satellite navigation, directions and choice of route still give rise to plenty of in-car acrimony.


“Driving is a complex task that requires the driver’s full attention in order to get from A to B without incident, but our research has revealed – rather worryingly – that a large proportion admit to having in-car arguments.”

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