Causes of motoring madness listed

Nobody likes a critic, but it seems that women drivers are even more touchy than their male counterparts when it comes to comments about their driving ability.

Pestering partners are the number one cause of in-car rows, according to a survey for car insurance company Diamond. And while 38% of men get annoyed if their driving is criticised, the figure rises to 49% among women.

Another cause of arguments among couples was being given directions when the route was already well known, closely followed by changing the music or the radio station.

Sian Lewis, managing director of the firm, said: "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."

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