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Old 05-23-2014, 04:18 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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When I drive, I notice that men tend to be the ones that drive the car among heterosexual couples or families. Is this out of macho custom, desire to be pampered, comfort or some other reason? When I was a kid, my Dad and grandpa always drove. On rare occasions, my mom drove if it was a long road trip and Dad was tired. Dad says that being in any other seat of the car gets him "carsick". I had an uncle who let my aunt drive, but he was the exception.
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Old 05-23-2014, 04:45 PM
 
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Have no idea other than tradition, and I really have never come across any woman that really likes to drive if given an option, versus men who generally enjoy driving.

I would not call driving being "pampered" or "comfortable", I imagine it is much more comfortable to ride along.
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Old 05-23-2014, 04:56 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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Have no idea other than tradition, and I really have never come across any woman that really likes to drive if given an option, versus men who generally enjoy driving.

I would not call driving being "pampered" or "comfortable", I imagine it is much more comfortable to ride along.
LOL. Of course the passenger is the pampered one. Who wouldn't like to relax, sleep and text during a long road trip?!!!! Driving in a big city is STRESSFUL!
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Old 05-23-2014, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Saint Paul, MN
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My boyfriend drives a bit more often because he has a fancier car and he earns more so gas money is easier for him. But we take turns--maybe not 50/50 but more like 65/35.

We drove to Chicago once (about 7 hours from home) and he was behind the wheel the entire time. I offered to take a turn, but he knows how much I already dislike boring roadtrips so I think he was trying to be chivalrous and give me a teeny-tiny bit more freedom.
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Old 05-23-2014, 05:50 PM
 
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I have no issue with my wife driving on our cross country trips (or flying the plane when we're traveling, she's a very competent ASEL pilot), or even when we head to town (35 miles away) for shopping.

In fact, if we're on the road together for a business trip, it's all the easier for me to manage the mobile communications and sales calls when she's driving.
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Old 05-23-2014, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I guess my husband and I are odd because I drive most of the time. Since I drive our daughter most, I have the larger more comfortable car, and I'm not the best passenger. I drive because it annoys him more to listen to me.

Plus, I'm the better driver and much better at directions than him.
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Old 05-23-2014, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Northville, MI
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Well, in my house the son (me) has been driving the full stretch on all road trips, and this has been the case ever since I turned 18.
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Old 05-23-2014, 06:48 PM
 
Location: 5 Miles to the Beach
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Even when I'm the passenger on road trips and my husband drives, I cannot relax because:

1. I fear he will fall asleep
2. I feel bad he's driving and I'm not
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:26 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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I pretty much always drive. We take lots of road trips and I'm better at knowing my way around the country and my husband is better at taking photos and videos. The exception is in San Francisco and Northern California because he lived there for years and knows his way around better than I do.
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Old 05-23-2014, 09:45 PM
 
Location: CO
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Even when I'm the passenger on road trips and my husband drives, I cannot relax because:

1. I fear he will fall asleep
2. I feel bad he's driving and I'm not
1. Oh yeah this is so true. I've never understood how people say they can sleep in the passenger seat while the driver drives. No! If you're asleep you can't keep them awake.

2. My husband used to drive ALL the time. There was just no question about it. His job, and no one drove as well as he did. I actually thought he was quite reckless and aggressive. Now that we're old I drive all the time. He's on too many meds to be as reliable a driver as he always thought he was.
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