Flirting motorists – a cause for concern?

16.25 | 10 November 2010 |

Being distracted by ‘someone you fancy’ has triggered near miss experiences for more than one in 10 motorists, according to a report in the Telegraph.

The survey of 3,000 motorists by the woman’s car insurance company Diamond found that 15% of respondents had either crashed or had near misses when distracted by someone they liked the look of.

The survey also found that 63% of men were more courteous to attractive woman drivers, and 26% believe their car can make them more attractive to the opposite sex.

Elwyn Gedrych, Diamond’s managing director, said: "Flirting with other motorists certainly seems to be popular and men in particular seem well versed at it.

"However, in-car flirting isn’t risk-free and it can be a distraction. Drivers need to be mindful not to let the handsome man or pretty woman in the car next to them take their mind off the road ahead."

Other findings in the survey were that a smile or a ‘cheeky glance’ were the favoured methods of flirting, although some drivers take it further by winking or tooting their horn.

Motorists in Wales were revealed as the biggest in-car flirts, while drivers in East Anglia are the most likely to beep their horn at someone they fancy. 6% of men admitted choosing their car in the belief that it would attract women.

Click here to read the full Telegraph report.


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