A survey released today from YourTango.com, along with Ford Motor Company, shows that couples use road trips for “quality time” — giving them the chance to reconnect and strengthen their relationship.

In the survey of more than 1,000 couples, 91 percent have taken road trips together, with 84 percent agreeing that the experience strengthened their relationship. Road trips allow for more than quality time, though, with 63 percent of respondents agreeing that they are affectionate with their partner while driving — holding hands or sharing a kiss at a red light. Who doesn’t like a little romance on the road?

YourTango CEO Andrea Miller adds, “With so many couples struggling with stress and looking for ways to stay connected, we can now offer a new, easy answer: Try going on a road trip!”

However, even with all these positive statistics, there is a downside to the romantic road trip: the backseat driver. The survey showed that most couples have a backseat driver in the relationship, with 32 percent telling the driver they’re going too fast, 27 percent telling them they’re going the wrong way and 22 percent saying they’re not paying enough attention to their surroundings.

Despite all this backseat driving, 35 percent of respondents said they had been on 8 or more road trips with their significant other. So what are you waiting for? It’s the perfect time to plan a trip to admire the fall foliage, brush up on your Civil War history, or take a tour through Napa Valley and Sonoma — all while getting in some quality time with your sweetheart. Just be sure to hold your tongue — backseat driving doesn’t help anyone.


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