Bumpy Ride — 75 Percent of Travelers Admit to Fighting in Car


Backseat driving and traffic are two of the main reasons people argue in cars. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Going on a road trip can be a great way to explore the country. It’s also the perfect way to test a relationship.

According to a new survey, 75 percent of Americans admit that they argue in the car. Who needs a therapist when you can just sit in your Honda and yell like no one is listening? 

TomTom conducted the survey which also pinpointed why people are using their cars as place to sort out differences. The main cause for “car-guments” was backseat driving, with 48 percent of respondents saying they fight when their passenger tells them how and where to drive.  

Traffic was the second leading cause of fights, with 28 percent blaming gridlock as a source for arguments.  Twenty-seven percent of fights start when a group is running late because someone took too long to get ready, and the same percentage blame their car-guments on a passenger offering advice on how to handle other drivers.

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Telling the driving where to go will almost always lead to a spat. (Photo: Corbis)

Of the 2,000 people surveyed, 15 percent admit to picking a fight because the driver was going too fast or flow. But regardless of the reason, 25 percent of people agree that being in tight quarters for an extended period of time is what leads to arguments…most of which are unnecessary and unimportant.

The worst part about getting in a car-gument is that you’re stuck in the car once it’s over. That’s why 27 percent admitted that they have given the silent treatment to the person they argued with for a period of time. You might think music would be a great way to drown out the silent tension, but 10 percent of people admitted to fighting over music choice. 

In the end, maybe it’s better to choose silence instead of a battle over which Rhianna song to play. 

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