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Tire maker, Michelin recently conducted a study surveying 1,000 Americans to see how many of them have been tailgated and how many would admit to tailgating. Of course the results didn’t line up at all.
Of those surveyed, 74 percent of drivers claimed that they were tailgated by someone within the last six months, but a mere 11 percent admitted to tailgating someone else. Then again, those 1,000 drivers they surveyed could have just been a very rare pool of perfectly good drivers, just don’t try to tell that to a statistician.
What’s probably worse is that almost half of those surveyed didn’t know the recommended driving distance between cars.
The survey was conducted through Braun Research between March 20 and 25 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.
[Source: USA Today]
If you tend to be a little heavy on the gas pedal, chances are you’re in need of a marriage councillor’s services. According to a study conducted by a British online used car channel, Tesco Cars, speed is the biggest fight starter between partners on car rides.
Speeding was the main source of “carguments,” with 22 percent saying that’s what got them miffed at their partner, followed by getting directions wrong (18 percent), tailgating (13 percent) and parking (5 percent).
When it comes to speeding, both men and women are up in arms about their partners going over the speed limit. For women, 21 percent said this factor would most likely start a cargument, compared with one in four men.
“Most couples will have argued about something in the car at one time or another,” said Rebecca Ryan, Marketing Manager of Tesco Cars. “Given the potentially serious consequences of speeding, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that it is the chief cause of fights.”
Here’s a list of what’s most likely to start a cargument:
Driving too fast: 22.72%
Getting the directions wrong: 18.01%
None of the above: 15.86%
Driving too close to the car in front: 13.31%
Being too aggressive: 11.83%
Choice of music of radio station: 4.70%
Driving too slow: 4.57%
Children fighting in the back: 3.90%