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‘Loosen up and speak more freely’ in a car

New research has revealed that more than three-quarters of Brits have their deepest and most meaningful conversations in cars.

A survey commissioned by the UK’s largest car-sharing club, Zipcar UK, indicated that we feel most comfortable having meaningful conversations in cars because there are no distractions (29%), there is nowhere to escape to (25%), and you’re not forced to look one another in the eye (23%).

Nearly a third of us (29%) have exchanged life advice, 28% have dared to dabble in politics, while an evasive 16% even admit the car is an ideal place to reveal a big secret.

When it comes to the sexes, men feel most at ease when having these often tricky exchanges in cars than anywhere else.

The study also revealed that driving for 73 minutes is key to unlocking the deepest, most meaningful conversations, with 31% of millennials admitting they would prefer to break up in a car rather than anywhere else.

“Driving is a helpful distraction, particularly for people who don’t often share how they feel,” said Sarah Rozenthuler, Chartered Psychologist and author of ‘How to Have Meaningful Conversations’.

“As the driver has another task to perform, their ability to repress their feelings lessens and their true emotions come to the surface. The informal setting also helps us loosen up and speak more freely.”

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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