Is bad driving making you less attractive?

Is bad driving making you less attractive? 2nd September 2015

It was recently reported that bad drivers across the UK who don't pay attention to their road mannerisms on a first date risk having little chance of seeing someone again. However, a new survey has suggested that those who are poor on the road might struggle to even get a date at all, never mind move onto the second. 

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said that those who are not taking care and driving well on British roads are 50 per cent less attractive on the whole than good drivers. Participants were asked to watch videos of people driving and had their levels of attraction monitored using pulse rate, pupil dilation, blink rate and body language while they were viewing. 

Women saw the most significant drop in attractiveness, with some 84 per cent of women who were watching people drive reporting that they felt less attracted to the driver than they had before they saw them get behind the wheel. 

Reactions were not as significant in men, with just over a quarter of all men who took part (28 per cent) reporting that they felt less attracted to the driver than they had done before they saw them drive. Men tended to feel frustrated when watching the bad drivers, rather than stressed, which women experienced more often. 

For women, aggressive and confrontational manoeuvres were found to be the most unattractive. Road rage, illegal overtaking and tailgating topped a list of errors that provoke the strongest negative reactions.

Behavioural psychologist Jo Hemmings said: "There is no doubt that across the board most candidates, and nearly all of the women, found bad driving to be a turn-off. However, it’s interesting to look at the reactions of different genders. Some male reactions to bad driving included laughter and amusement, indicating that men have a less mature emotional response to bad driving than women who instead furrowed their brows and shook their heads.”

Posted by Danielle Barge