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Do You Let Men Drive?

I consider myself to be in the proverbial driver's seat of life, but when it comes to actually driving I prefer the passenger's side thank-you very much.

I find driving stressful and prefer playing DJ or looking out the window if I can. So when I'm in a relationship, my partner usually takes the wheel. I know it's not an absolute for all women — my sister considers herself a good driver and is more relaxed behind the wheel than at the mercy of someone else's abilities. Even so, Freakonomics blogger Eric Morris concluded that my preferences fits the mold. Based on his research:

183 people reported the man is the primary driver in their relationship, versus 51 who said the woman handles more of the driving chores. (37 said the driving is split more or less evenly.)

Some of the reasons offered for having men drive: high heels, men being able to hold their liquor better, and habits formed during dating when the men traditionally pick up the women. Do you let men dominate driving duties, or do you prefer to take the wheel?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I have anxiety (which affects my driving), so I prefer my guy to drive. He only likes to drive half the time though so I have to step up and just do it. Some places I won't drive to though. I used to be the primary driver.
sandra1621 sandra1621 7 years
My boyfriend hates driving but won't let me drive. :-( Lol
Frenched Frenched 7 years
He usually drives. Although women can be great, guys are usually just naturally better at maneuvering a vehicle. For long road trips, I am usually in charge of coming up with the "entertainment" like, conversation topic ideas, games, blah, blah, blah. Usually, whoever is driving gets the privilege to be the DJ.
Vampyre Vampyre 7 years
I prefer to be the driver. I simply don't trust other people behind the wheel.
betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
he drives
Pampire Pampire 7 years
I usually drive, my husband scares me too much! He just got a brand new camaro and he's wanting to take me out to eat this weekend and he will be driving it. AAHHH, I'm scared! He doesn't drive bad, just too d*mn fast!!!!!! I think I'll wear a helmet just in case! LOL!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
My husband usually does the driving, unless it's a long road trip where we take turns. We use his car if it's to run the dogs somewhere, pick up something that would otherwise dirty my car, or driving in ugly weather. My car is for long trips and when going out to nice places or to visit friends.
medenginer medenginer 7 years
Usually his car is parked behind mine so he gets to drive.
flyowsley flyowsley 7 years
Let him drive, but I navigate.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
We pretty much split the driving duties. Sometimes he gets motion sickness though so he claims the wheel. I don't mind at all.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
Where's the "Other" option?? When we are going somewhere together, we usually share driving duties, but use my car since his is a POS. I wish I could relax while he drives, but I just don't like the way he drives (he spaces out a lot and forgets where he's going), so I'll take charge most of the time.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
For the first 3 years we lived in an area I knew better and my car was better then his, so I drove. Then we moved to a new area with a ridiculous highway system, so he mostly drives now. If its just an around the town trip, I will step up but he likes driving so he does it more often now.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
My boyfriend always drives, unless I have to be the designated driver. I prefer him driving so I can relax. Plus he has the nicer car and is a better driver. He says my driving makes me nauseous. lol
pink-elephant pink-elephant 7 years
I still have a sort of fear of driving stemming from a bad-experience I had once, so I let him drive. but I'm trying to get over it.
Angelica Angelica 7 years
Being driven is one of my favorite random perks of being in a relationship with someone. Like Tres, I love being able to relax, stare out the window and steer the conversation so I happily give up the chore....I'll happily take on other chores instead!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
I usually let the hubby drive out of laziness. Also, I don't think he likes the way I drive (I'm safe but a tad aggressive) so I think he prefers to be behind the wheel.
booe1104 booe1104 7 years
I've never liked driving. I loved living in a city where I could walk. Now, I live in a city that is not pedestrian friendly and my boyfriend doesn't have a driver's license. I have to drive everywhere.
hex913 hex913 7 years
I couldn't really vote on this one because we share driving responsibilities pretty equally.
EmilieLove EmilieLove 7 years
I like driving, but I'm usually okay with letting the guy do it because I like being able to zone out and look out the window too. However, my current boyfriend is an aerodynamicist for a car company (meaning: he likes to design and drive cars that go very, very fast), and his driving tends to scare the hell out of me, so sometimes I'll insist on being the driver.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
We both like driving, but my BF gets motion sickness so I usually let him take the wheel.
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
I *hate* to drive, and if I never had to do it again, I wouldn't mind a bit. That said, I do drive - but much prefer to let my boyfriend do the bulk of the driving, no matter whose car we're in. I'd say it's probably a 75%/25% split.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
my boyfriend usually drives, even if it's in my car, but if i drive for whatever reason he doesn't really care (like if i pick him up from somewhere or i go and start the car or i'm in the car to move it while he pulls his truck into the driveway or something)...he wouldn't make me get out or anything, but usually he does drive, especially on long trips (and i love driving but i do enough of it on my own) my dad always always drives too but my mom hates driving
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
It depends on who I'm with. If I'm driving with my Dad I prefer to be behind the wheel. Dad tailgates, accelerates like a madman off the lights, brakes suddenly and doesn't always slow down for corners. If I'm with my boyfriend, I'm happy to let him drive, he's not an idiot on the road so I feel safe.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i HATE driving. so i usually make a boy do it. although i bought by first brand new car recently, and i haven't let anybody else get behind the wheel. it's my baby! at least until i pay it off. haha
scorpstar77 scorpstar77 7 years
Yeah, I can't answer the poll question because we share. Especially for long trips - if we're going to visit my parents or friends, I usually drive; if we're going to visit his parents or friends, he usually drives. Because I'm a control freak, I do feel better when I'm driving. He's not a bad driver or anything like that; I'm just a control freak. But his car is larger than mine, so at times like Christmas when we have a lot of stuff to haul around, we'll usually take his car (though I might be the one behind the wheel, depending on where we're going).
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