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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Love is in the air ... if you play your cars right

Published 13/02/2013 | 04:00

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TAKE note this Valentine's Day . . . the ladies – and gents – have spoken.

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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.

Irish Independent

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