Love is in the air ... if you play your cars right
Published 13/02/2013 | 04:00
TAKE note this Valentine's Day . . . the ladies – and gents – have spoken.
And they would prefer if you called for them in a car for a romantic night out, if you don't mind.
As many as 66pc of girls would love a man to do so. But beware.
They would be far from impressed if your car was messy.
Oh, and ideally could you make it a sports car? (Men, in contrast, would prefer if the lady called for them in a "sensible" small car).
The light-hearted findings come from a survey of Irish motorists carried out by Continental Tyres Ireland.
However, they also touch on a serious side as those who took part showed no tolerance for drink-driving or rude driver behaviour.
Back to the fun . . . two-thirds of girls said they would be 'flattered or pleasantly surprised' to be picked up from their home on a first date. But just 52pc of boys would prefer that.
Nearly three-in-five (57pc) would reckon a messy cabin would represent a poor start to a date.
More than 75pc of females would be upset but the boys wouldn't be too bothered (just 48pc).
Four-in-five (80pc) of all surveyed weren't pushed about the sort of car.
'Souped-up boy racer'
They did, however, draw the line at a minibus. Nearly half (49pc) of girls said that would be a Number One turn-off. Fellas would just hate to see their date in a "souped-up boy racer" (25pc).
A van with branding on it? It was a no-no for 21pc of men and 27pc of women.
Number One? A sensible small car. It just held off a top-of-the-range sports car as the preferred mode of transport for a first date (39pc v 38pc).
Girls were more likely to be attracted by the sports car (43pc) while 44pc of men went for the "sensible small" motor.
A strong 85pc registered their revulsion at drink driving. If their companion drank at the pub/restaurant, it would almost certainly end the date.
Nearly four-in-five (79pc) would immediately get out of the car if their driver was aggressive to other road users. More than 85pc of women said such behaviour would be unacceptable.