(Relaxnews)—So claim 90 percent of respondents when asked if taking a road trip with their partner had proved beneficial, with 77 percent of couples saying they actively look forward to time spent driving together.
The "Love on the Road" survey, conducted by YourTango.com and Ford, also discovered that for 44 percent of couples the destination is less important than the promise of fun and adventure of the trip itself and that for 40 percent of couples a road trip is one of the best ways of ensuring quality time together.
When asked to list the top three activities they spend their time on the road doing, almost 80 percent of respondents reported that they talk and catch up on each other's lives, 70 percent enjoy listening to their favorite music, while just over half also enjoy taking in the sights and the chance to have some quiet time.
Sixty-five percent of couples said that they had had some of their most meaningful and serious discussions while on a road trip. And, just to prove that romance isn't dead, 74 percent admitted to holding hands while driving and kissing at red lights.
As a carmaker was involved in this survey, couples were also asked to rank the most important car-based criteria for a memorable journey. One third of couples rank fuel efficiency as their top priority while 28 percent say its the sound system and more than 22 percent say navigation capability is most important.
Of the findings, Ford's Samantha Hoyt said: "More and more couples are taking road trips due to the high cost of airfare and because it gives you the opportunity to take your vehicle with you to explore new places." ch/kc