Press release

You drive me crazy! – roadbound rows could mean Easter misery

Wednesday 16 April 2014

• 41% of respondents have argued in the car in the past 12 months
• Driving too fast and map-reading disputes are most likely cause of car arguments
• Drivers are most likely to argue with their spouse (28%), followed by their children

If you’re planning a relaxing drive this Bank Holiday weekend, it may be worth checking the ages of those along for the ride – as research shows the older you are, the less likely you are to row in the car.

Younger drivers are much more likely to argue with their partner about music choice than those over 50, the Saga Car Insurance poll also reveals.

More than two fifths (41%) of respondents revealed that they have had a fallout in their car in the past year. Drivers argue about a wide range of subjects, including directions and driving too fast, but it seems the younger the driver, the more likely they are to have a drivers’ tiff.

50% of 18 to 24-year-olds asked said they have argued while driving in the past 12 months, while just 33% of over 50s said they have clashed in the car.

Respondents of all ages (18-50+) said they are most likely to argue with their spouse (28%), followed by their children (11%) when they are on the go.

And of those that have had a behind-the-wheel barney recently, driving too fast and disagreements over map reading are the most likely source of the bust up (25% and 21% respectively). Those aged 50 and over are more likely than younger drivers to row about map reading (28% of 50+ compared to 17% of 18-49 year-olds) and going too fast (29% of 50+ vs 22% of 18-49 year-olds). Other reasons for arguments include where to stop if someone needs the loo (9% of 18 to 24-year-olds; 7% of over 50s), and who should take the wheel in the first place.

Roger Ramsden, chief executive, Saga services, commented: “A relaxing Bank Holiday is just what the doctor ordered, but it can be spoiled by squabbling in the car. People aged 50 and over seem to have a little more patience behind the wheel than younger drivers. Perhaps this is down to the wisdom of age and knowing it’s not really worth it.”


Notes to editors

*Populus interviewed 2,051 adults, all aged 18+, online between 9th and 10th April 2014. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules; for more information see

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