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Survey Says: Road Trips are Good for Your Relationship

I’ve never been on an airplane with my husband. Nope, not even once. For all 18 years that we’ve been together, we’ve road tripped everywhere. Friends, that’s a lot of miles. And deadmau5. And Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

Oh, the tales I could share from our travels on the open road. But for every bitchin’ duet we’ve shared, there have been at least as many threats to walk the rest of the way.

That’s not to say road tripping doesn’t have distinct perks. Road food, guilty pleasure playlists (Bell Biv DeVoe, anyone?), and the spirit of adventure are all sweet incentives to set out on the open road.

For those of you thirsty for a little road freedom, YourTango teamed up with Ford Motor Company to conduct a survey about road travel and relationships. Check out the surprising results of their survey after the jump!

• 91 percent of couples have taken road trips together. Of those 91 percenters, 35 percent have taken eight or more road trips together and 56 percent have taken between one and seven trips.

• A surprising 84 percent of surveyed road warriors said the road trip experience brought their relationship closer together. While I assumed GPS navigation was responsible for this overwhelmingly positive stat, only 34 percent of participants believed the GPS improved their travel relations; 32 percent reported the GPS “somewhat” helped and the remaining 34 percent thought it didn’t help at all.

• 63 percent of folks felt affectionate toward their partner while driving. One can only assume there was no farting with the windows up.

• More than half of those surveyed thought road travel was a great opportunity to talk about important issues in their relationship. Of those road convos, 56 percent thought talking about the present made for the best conversation, 19 percent enjoyed talking about the future, and 11 percent liked reminiscing about the past.

• 68 percent of survey participants described road travel with their partner as “fun-filled” or “relaxing”; 16 percent found them to be exciting and the balance described their road experience as “boring” or “tension-filled”.

If you’re wondering where the roadside dissention is in all of this, relax. Sixty-three percent of couples reported having a “back-seat driver”.

• 32 percent of back-seat drivers nag that about driving too fast; 15 percent nag about driving too slow. Twenty-seven percent swear the driver is going the wrong way while 22 percent think the driver isn’t paying close enough attention.

What are your thoughts on road-tripping and romance?

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