Driving each other mad abroad

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New research suggests that driving abroad is one of the most common causes of arguments between British couples.

The report commissioned by easyCar.com surveyed over 4,000 UK adults online during April 2008.

The results revealed that over a third of couples (37 per cent) argue whilst driving on foreign roads. These quarrels come second only to those about money (41 per cent). 

Most annoying traits were found to be poor map reading, driving too fast and not understanding foreign road signs.

Leading psychologist David Moxon has identified four main types of UK drivers when abroad: the Planners, the SatNavvies, the Freewheelers and the Road Signers. Unsurprisingly, Planners have the least arguments whilst SatNavvies and Road Signers disagree the most.

According to Moxon, UK motorists can make their journeys smoother simply by recognising their driving habits and adapting them accordingly. 

Bill Jones, CEO of easyCar.com, said: “A driving holiday is the best way to get off the well-trod tourist path and do some exciting trail-blazing of your own. 

"A bit of forward planning can help make sure your road trip is stress-free and we’ve compiled our top tips to make sure it’s as lovely inside the car as it is outside."

easyCar's top tips include listening to music you both like, sharing the driving and asking locals for directions. They also recommend being flexible and not rushing - you are on holiday after all.

Written by: Maxine Clarke


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