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Deflated British Drivers Choose Routine over Romance

(Clacton, U.K./Tyres & Accessories) As we approach the most romantic day of the year, it appears more of us are interested in being punctual than succeeding in love.


According to new research, punctuality is more important than passion for Britons who are eight times more reluctant to miss a business meeting than a first date.


Goodyear surveyed 9,000 drivers across 15 European countries on the events they would most hate to miss due to a flat tyre. The school run (29%), a job interview (12%) and a business meeting (8%) were all considered more important than missing a first date. Just 1% of Britons are concerned about missing a date because of a flat tyre, whilst less than one in twenty (4%) would worry about missing a get-together with family and friends.  

British priorities present a stark contrast with those of our European cousins who prioritise social occasions over the mundane. Some 16% of drivers surveyed in Turkey, feared missing a date over being late for the school run (6%).


The survey by Goodyear also revealed that avoiding dentist appointments (23%), public speaking (22%) and having to spend a weekend with the ‘in-laws’ (14%) were the most popular reasons to use a flat tyre as an excuse.

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