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Getting Aggro On The Road

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Was your summer road trip this year filled with the sound of laughter and happy chatter? Or do petty arguments and cries of 'are we there yet?' sound more familiar? Apparently, Brits are a combative lot in the car, with new research revealing that more than three in five people report arguing while on the road.

Apparently, younger motorists are shorter of temper, with 73% of the 18-24 age group admitting to rowing in the car, while only 60% of over 65s engage in disputes while on the road. Geography is also a factor, with drivers from Northern Ireland arguing in the car far more than the more placid drivers and passengers of the South West.

The most popular flashpoint for rows is apparently directions - or lack thereof. Not knowing the way from A to B causes more rows than any other issue in cars, across all age groups and locations, while a refusal to stop and ask directions is the third biggest cause of arguments. Few will be surprised to hear that more women say directions cause arguments than men...

On the other hand, it is the men who report the second main cause of bust ups: speeding, for all age groups except the 35-44s - for them noisy children sitting in the back of the car are the second main cause of arguments.

Overall, the research has pinpointed directions as causing the most arguments, followed by driving too fast. A failure to ask for directions when lost is third, noisy children are fourth, while road rage with other drivers is the fifth biggest cause of rows. Sixth is the temperature in the car, seventh is an inability to agree on where to eat, eighth is a failure to agree on what to listen to while driving, ninth is any other topic of conversation, while driving too slowly is the tenth main cause of in-car rows.

Motoring organisations advise those who find car journeys tend to get fraught to take more time to prepare for the trip, such as making sure the directions are clear beforehand and that the car itself is in good condition. Arranging some in-car entertainment for younger passengers can help to keep the peace during a long journey, while regular stops to eat and drink are recommended. If passengers are kept happy and comfortable, the driver can concentrate on their task without distractions.

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