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HOW many times have we peacefully driving along and witnessed a furious row going on in an approaching car between driver and front seat passenger?

It is just one of those frustrating facts of life on the road. People who have issues very often cannot help but take the emotional baggage into the car because the person on the other end of it captive - often behind the wheel.

No matter what the safety people say, as long as humans are behind the wheel it is going to happen.

But according to new research, it may not be as bad as we may think because is research by LeasePlan UK has indicated that on the whole Britain is a nation of trusting lovers.

More than half of motorists questioned by them said they would put their full trust in their partner to drive their car compared to just 7% who said they would only trust themselves.

And, if you thought us Brits were a nation of fault-finding back-seat drivers, you might be surprised to hear that almost half of those motorists surveyed say they never nag their other half whilst driving, with older drivers finding even less fault in their loved ones as 65% of over 55s say they never bicker with their partner whilst driving.

The obviously were not the ones I saw having a vociferous set-to in a supermarket car park the other day.

It's not just bickering that takes a back seat for older drivers; only 40% of those surveyed over the age of 55 claimed they were a better driver than their partner, compared with more than half (59%) of 25-34 year-olds, who would rather put themselves behind the wheel.

The data, gleaned from 1002 respondents across the UK, did suggest that some of us still ‘nag' with a quarter of those questioned were hung-up about their partner driving too fast and 16% getting irate over bad parking.

Unsurprisingly, men are more likely to consider themselves as the better driver (64%) Beeping the car horn, road rage and not reading road signs were also highlighted as reasons for berating their partner's driving ability.

But until the car manufacturers transfer driving responsibility to robots there is a serious issue of rowing at the wheel. In my view it is more dangerous and distracting than talking on a mobile handset

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