Irritating passengers driving partners around the bend


Does your partner drive you mad when they're a passenger in the car with quips about your driving, fiddling with the radio and telling you where to go? Well you're not alone, as new research has shown that a third of motorists get irritated by their partner when they're a passenger in the car, with women getting more irritated than men.

Women's car insurance specialist Diamond quizzed 1,000 motorists on their feelings towards their partner in the car and whilst 33% find their partner irritating, it's women who feel it the most with 39% of them admitting to getting irritated compared to 23% of men.

But what irritates drivers the most about their partners? Top of the list is criticising driving followed by trying to give directions and changing the music or radio station on the stereo. The full list of irritations is:

  1. When they criticise my driving
  2. When they try to give me directions when I know where I'm going
  3. When they change the music/radio station I'm listening to
  4. When they pick their nose
  5. When they belch/pass wind
  6. When they shout


Women are more likely to get irritated by their partner criticising their driving, whereas men are more likely to get irritated by their partner trying to give directions or changing the music/radio station they're listening to.

Diamond managing director, Sian Lewis, commented, “Our research suggests that the car is a place of tension for couples with both sides irritating each other in different ways. But it's important to remember that however irritated you feel by your partner criticising your driving or changing your favourite music, you shouldn't react as it could affect your concentration and impact on your driving ability.”

Diamond delved deeper into the issue of directions and found that over half of motorists admit to arguing with their partner over directions, with women more likely to do so than men. 96% of women will admit if they're not sure where they're going compared to 89% of men, however, in a surprising result, 87% of women will stop and ask for directions if they're not sure where they're going compared to 91% of men.

Sian continued, “The stereotype has always been that men won't ask for directions but these results seem to turn this on its head with more men than women admitting they'll stop and ask for directions. But stubborn men are still more likely than women to carry on driving without actually knowing where they're going so maybe the stereotype's not completely vanished after all.

“Of course there is a safety aspect for women when asking for directions and we'd advise women to stop somewhere safe such as a petrol station if they should lose their way.”

Share with your friends

Help us improve our website

Is our website easy to use? Does it have all the information you need? Tell us what you think.

Please note, whilst we value your feedback and review it on a regular basis, we do not reply directly to comments submitted via this form.

If you have feedback on our other services or need assistance in any other way, please go to our secure form.

Errors on form:

Your details

Tell us what you think

Thank you

Thank you for your feedback on our website

Tell us what you think...