'Carguments' increase in winter

'Carguments' increase in winter

Drivers and their passengers have more in-car arguments as their stress levels rise in winter, according to new research by the RAC.

Most motorists (54%) said they have more arguments at this time of year while 15% of drivers and passengers said they argue more in the car than anywhere else, according to the survey of 1,300 drivers.

Drivers most often have 'carguments' with their partners, followed by their children and parents.

And it seems a simple check of a reliablejourney planner might be all it takes to remove the bone of contention in many cases, as arguing over the best route to take on a journey (13%) is an even more common problem than trying to stop children fighting (6%).

"In the winter, where journeys can be delayed or take longer as a result of having to defrost windscreens or take alternative routes, it can be particularly stressful," said RAC spokesman Simon Williams.

"Many 'carguments' actually begin well before getting into the car and just get worse as a result of being in a confined space together," he adds.

"If you can allow more time to get everything and everyone organised before your journey you will no doubt reduce the stress level which then eases the pressure on your drive."

Copyright Press Association 2014