London - Boy racers hoping to impress the opposite sex would be wise to tone down their driving – as it could actually be putting a spoke in the wheel when it comes to romance.
More than four out of five women find men who behave badly behind the wheel less attractive, a survey has found.
In fact, bad driving "reduces attractiveness by 50 percent", according to the research by the Institute of Advanced Motorists.
Manoeuvres seen as ‘aggressive’ turned women off the most, with illegal overtaking and road rage topping the list. Bad parking, texting while driving and performing three-point turns were also common complaints.
In the study, women were shown a video of a man driving well and one of him driving badly. Some 84 percent said they felt more negative towards him after the second video and, when asked to rate his attractiveness, dropped their scores from an average of 4.8 out of ten after the first video to 2.8.
But women who struggle in the driving seat are in luck.
When men were shown videos of a female driver, 52 per cent said they actually found her poor driving a turn-on and her attractiveness score stayed broadly the same at an average of 6.1.