Britain Turning Into A Nation Of Romeos And Juliets On The Road | Part Two

Southern Drivers Take Chequered Flag

The survey revealed similar patterns of behaviour nationwide across different regions of the UK. However, drivers in the South of England took the chequered flag with four out of 10 confessing they regularly flirted with other road-users compared to motorists in the North where only a quarter admitted to ever doing so.

New Language of Love

So common has fast lane flirting now become that a new language of love is developing on the nation’s roads. Called the Vehicle Body Language (VBL) of Love, it consists of a precisely choreographed sequence of unspoken chat-up lines that enable flirtatious drivers to get to know members of the opposite sex who are stuck in cars beside them.

Of the many VBL’s identified by the survey, the top silent signals of attraction were:

  • A long lingering look (79% of men and 66% of women)
  • One in five of men said they sat up straighter so as to look taller
  • One in 10 puffed out their chest and pulled in their stomach to look fitter – despite being difficult to see in a car!
  • Four out of 10 women checked their appearance in the mirror
  • A third of women tidied their hair or adjusted their make-up
  • One out of five men tried to edge their car a little closer to the object of their affection
  • One in 10 scribbled their mobile number on their palms and held them up to the other driver
  • One in 20 noted down the number of the other person’s car
  • One in 10 would drive the same stretch of road again in the hope of getting a second meeting
Desperate Measures

Although not recommended, the survey also revealed the extent that one love-struck driver went to meet the woman who subsequently became his wife – he deliberately drove into the back of her car!

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Published 2 May 2004 Melanie Carter

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