Think driving a sleek sports car improves your chances of attracting the opposite sex? You could in fact be making things worse for yourself, results of a new survey by Motors.co.uk reveal.
Some 48 per cent of men subscribe to the popularly held belief that driving an expensive car makes you more attractive, but will be shocked to hear that ladies actually labeled such drivers as arrogant, self-centered and dangerous.
Our research showed that contrary to popular opinion, driving an eco-minded hybrid or full-electric car was the best way to portray yourself in a positive light, with drivers perceived to be conscientious, intelligent and amongst the safest on the road.
Even owners of run-of-the-mill saloon cars such as the Ford Mondeo were seen in a more positive light than sports car owners, with women judging them to be hard working and safe on the road.
And, despite the current trend for sparkling white cars, it seems black is the hue to opt for if you really want to turn heads.
Men also judge women based on the cars they drive, with the 4×4 driving ‘school run mum’ being particularly unattractive to blokes, who regard them as arrogant, rude and self centred.
Phill Jones, of Motors.co.uk, said: “Our survey provided an interesting snapshot into how people perceive car drivers, with the bad boy sports car stereotype still holding true.
“The disparity between men and women suggests that the yummy mummy ‘Chelsea tractor’ stereotype might be having a similar effect on men as sports cars appear to be having on women.
“While there is no doubt that owning the Batmobile or a Back to the Future Delorean would be a conversation starter if you’re looking to meet new people, in reality the car we buy is likely to make us feel more confident rather than make other people find us more attractive.”