Survey uncovers truths between 'mankind and machine'
Many Americans develop relationships with their vehicles, bonding during daily commutes, long road trips and drives to clear their head or enjoy nice weather. A national survey commissioned by Jiffy Lube International reveals the relationship between driver and vehicle is more similar to that between loved ones than expected.
"Thanks for being you"
In an effort to keep their relationships strong, the survey unveils drivers are not shy about expressing their gratitude toward their vehicle for being such a great partner. Forty-eight percent of women and 44 percent of men said they've thanked their vehicle under various circumstances. More specifically, 37 percent of men and 30 percent of women have complimented their cars on their dependability; 27 percent of men and 25 percent of women have praised their vehicles for their appearance; and 30 percent of men and 27 percent of women have complimented their vehicle for performance and handling.
Public Displays of Affection
On love-central days like anniversaries, Valentine’s Day or Sweetest Day, couples across the country display public displays of affection. As loved ones exchange hugs and kisses, many drivers admit they also extend a little tender, loving care to their vehicles. Twenty percent of women and 14 percent of men admit they have given a nice rub to the dashboard or some other sweet spot.
"I'm sorry, so sorry."
The survey also showed people aren't above apologizing to their vehicle to get out of the doghouse. Twenty-eight percent of women and 24 percent of men said they've expressed regrets for a run-in with a pothole, speed bump, curb or other driving faux pas.
Just as dependability is critical in relationships, drivers depend heavily on their vehicles for their daily travel needs. However, when things get a bit bumpy, many admit to pleading and gift-giving to get their way. Thirty-two percent of women and 30 percent of men surveyed said they've tried to verbally coax their vehicle to start, speed up, not stall out, stop making a noise and similar pleads. Some went the bribery route, with 20 percent of men and 14 percent of women offering their vehicles rewards such as premium gasoline or a carwash. Taking a more aggressive tack, 20 percent of men and 17 percent of women have resorted to threatening their automobiles to pressure them into behaving.
The survey results reinforce the strong relationship between driver and vehicle, but drivers don't need to present a ring to show their commitment to the relationship. The best way for drivers to ensure their 'partner' continues to perform is to follow a sound preventive maintenance plan. The car care experts at Jiffy Lube can help give vehicles the love they need before a potentially costly breakdown. For more information about car care or to find a nearby service center, visit