One in three motorists getting caught up in ‘carguments’

Written by Ellie

Britain could enjoy its hottest summer on record in 2018, with temperatures averaging out at a daily maximum of 20.9C so far.

However, things have been heating up inside motorists’ cars too after research revealed that a third of drivers admitted to having ‘carguments’.

Out of the 2,000 motorists surveyed by RAC Insurance, 36 per cent of them owned up to engaging in verbal spats with their fellow car occupants – a figure that rose to 50 per cent for those aged 25-44 and 46 per cent in London.

Conversely, the people least likely to have a ‘cargument’ are those aged over 70 – only a quarter of drivers of this age said they had engaged in ‘carguing’.

In-car conflicts are most likely to erupt when setting off on a day out (26 per cent) – something particularly prevalent at the moment given the school holidays.

This was followed by a trip to see family and setting off on holiday (24 and 22 per cent respectively). A simple trip to the shops was enough to spark a ‘cargument’ for 21 per cent too.

What are ‘carguments’ usually about?

The most commonly cited topic was ‘not knowing which way to go’ (46 per cent), while for 39 per cent, it was ‘the standard of my driving’.

Route choice was the third most common cause (36 per cent).

Why do ‘carguments’ happen?

Stress is an obvious and common factor, with 42 per cent deeming driving to be stressful, leading people to get angry.

A fifth (22 per cent) blamed it on getting agitated in a confined environment and a similar proportion (21 per cent) thought it was to do with everyone getting worked-up after rushing to get into the car.

How are ‘carguments’ extinguished?

When trying to settle in-car tensions, the most popular way is to change the subject (65 per cent), while for 59 per cent, the solution was to simply stop talking altogether.

Finally, threatening to call off the journey and go home is the tactic of choice for 29 per cent.

Recipe for disaster

“The stress of leaving on time for a summer holiday or a day out together with the confined environment of a car must be the perfect recipe for an argument,” reckoned a spokesman for RAC Insurance.

“Add children into the equation, or perhaps a visit to the in-laws and it’s not so much a question of if an argument will start but when. And then there’s those driving hundreds of miles to Europe who have even longer in the car to fall out.”

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, added: “A simple trip down to the shops can be catastrophic if a driver’s attention isn’t focused on the road, so it is particularly concerning that in-car conflicts are erupting so frequently.”

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Posted on 27th July 2018

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