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The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has recently conducted a new scientific experiment which reveals that bad driving can reduce attractiveness by 50%.
According to a study by IAM in conjunction with behavioural psychologist Jo Hemmings, 4 in 5 women and nearly half of men are physically turned off by bad driving.
During the study, candidates were shown videos of both good and bad driving whilst being tested for their levels of attraction towards the driver using pulse rate, pupil dilation, blink rate and body language.
Attractiveness dropped from 4.8 to 2.8 in women proving the most significant reduction, with 84% of candidates reporting more negative feelings towards the driver after experiencing their incompetence on the road.
The pulse rate of 60% of female candidates increased whilst watching bad driving manoeuvres, with a 20% increase for a third indicating a significant rise in stress levels.
Aggressive and confrontational manoeuvres were found to be most unattractive to women – with road rage, illegal overtaking and tailgating provoking the strongest negative reactions.
Thankfully, if you’re a woman you can rest assured that, the reactions in men towards women’s bad driving were less significant, with just over a quarter (28%) reporting a dislike for the driver after seeing them behind the wheel, whilst frustration as opposed to stress was the biggest response.
Male candidates were found to frown, become agitated and shift position as they watched videos of parking, turning the car around or other examples of distracted or preoccupied behaviours.
Behavioural psychologist Jo Hemmings explains: “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.”
Take a look at the full list below of driving behaviours that caused a turn-off – if you’re single and own a car, it may be worth brushing up on your driving skills!
Top 5 driving behaviours that turn off women
Top five driving behaviours that turn off men