July 8th was reportedly the hottest day for online dating, and now that you’ve made some matches, it’s time to take that summer romance to the next level. Is there any better test of a new relationship than a good, old-fashioned road trip? We think not.
We recently partnered up with Match.com to ask a bunch of singles what their biggest pet peeves were when traveling with a partner. So, if you plan on taking the road trip plunge with a new partner or a lifelong love, here are a few tips, tricks, and some really weird pet peeves to be aware of.
ROAD TRIP THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO “HMMMMM…”
TO ROAD TRIP OR NOT TO ROAD TRIP? 60% of singles agree it’s ok to road trip with a new partner after a month of dating, and nearly a third of singles (33%) believe it’s a pretty big milestone in a new relationship.
BIGGEST PET PEEVE: For both men and women it’s the way their partner drives (38%), followed by choice in music (19%), and an overwhelming 83% of singles agree the biggest thing they hope to learn from their new partner is how they deal with unexpected situations. Like, say, how you deal with needing to use a restroom after eating two bran muffins, followed by a gallon of coffee in a car with no A/C, while in gridlock traffic on I-95 in the middle of July…not that that happened to me. I’m just sayin’.
FUELING THE LOVE TANK: 77% of singles have road tripped with a romantic partner…and after the trip 51% have said their feelings for their partner increased. Yeah, sadly, that’s not my experience. But, please don’t tell Jeff.
WOULD YOU RATHER: SLEEP WITH A GHOST OR IN YOUR CAR? 47% of singles would stay in a haunted hotel during a road trip, and 41% would sleep in their car. But, bizarrely, 0% would spend the night in a haunted car.
GO #2 IN FRONT OF YOUR PARTNER OR PICK UP A HITCHHIKER? When given the choice, an overwhelming 68% of singles would rather go #2 on the side of the road in front of their partner vs. picking up a hitchhiker (37%). But, if that hitchhiker happened to be Brad Pitt from Thelma and Louise, an overwhelming 100% of people named Tatiana Danger would absolutely pick him up.
SPONTANEITY VS. PLANNING: 69% of singles describe their road trip personality as “All About the Drive: I like to take my time, enjoy the ride, see the sights and I’m always up for a detour or two.” Surprisingly, only 6% of singles describe their road trip personality as “The Planner: I plan out my entire trip from start to finish and rarely stray from my itinerary.”
CAN YOU CHANGE A FLAT? Around 74% of singles say they can change a flat tire (M, 96% vs W, 51%) and surprisingly, 45% of single women say it’s a TURN-OFF if their partner cannot change a tire. Ahem, Jeff…
H2O or HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP: Single roadtrippers would choose water (76%) over soda (24%) or as Becca calls it “poison water.”
A/C OR WINDOWS DOWN AND SYSTEM UP? Singles prefer the AC (63%) rather than letting the windows down (37%).
FEEL THE NEED FOR SPEED? Abiding by the speed limit (56%) is more acceptable than speeding (44%). And no, going 10 miles above the speed limit is NOT staying within the speed limit. Not naming any names here…
NAPPING? 72% of singles would NOT be annoyed if their partner napped frequently on the trip. But, 100% of singles would be annoyed if their partner napped while driving. So, don’t do that.
BAR OR POOL? 61% of singles prefer relaxing at the hotel pool rather than at a bar. Personally, I’d rather stay at a hotel with a pool bar.
ROAD TRIP TURN-ONS AND OFFS…
THE SOUND OF SILENCE? Over a third of singles (34%) say 1 hour is TOO long when it comes to moments of silence in the car on a road trip with a new partner.
ROAD RAGE? 71% of singles say road rage is a TURN OFF.
MUSIC OR PODCASTS? 88% of singles prefer to listen to music over podcasts or audiobooks.
FAST FOOD OR DINERS? 76% of singles would rather go to a local restaurant than a drive-through. Pro Tip: When eating locally out West, try the Rocky Mountain Oysters…they’re awesome.
SPLITTING GAS? 56% agree they wouldn’t ask their partner to split gas. Totally agree, I’d expect my partner to pay for all the gas.
B&B OR BOUTIQUE? 64% of singles prefer to stay at a historic B&B rather than an upscale hotel.
STICK OR MANUAL? 73% of singles prefer driving an automatic over a manual.
There ya have it! Share this with your road trip partner and see if you’re road trip compatible. Or don’t and just wing it! Either way, head over to match.com to find a partner, and use roadtrippers.com to plan your road trip! But, please don’t pick up hitchhikers, and don’t forget your personal photographer to take totally natural shots of you and your partner on the road like these guys!