Men are happy to be driven by their ladies

London: Having her partner in the passenger seat can unnerve a woman driver, but most men love to be driven by their ladies, suggests a new study.

According to the survey, conducted by Institute of Advanced Motorists, only five per cent of men are sometimes not relaxed or never relax when their wife or girlfriend is behind the wheel.

However, for the ladies, if their male partner is sitting beside them while they are driving, as many as 15 per cent are sometimes not relaxed and about 8 per cent are never relaxed.

The survey of 520 male drivers and 480 women ones also revealed that almost twice as many male motorists say they are confident drivers compared to women drivers.

Moreover, when partners drive out together, men are four times more likely to take the wheel than women.

But when couples go out to the pub or to a party, it is usually the woman who drives home.

"The findings are positive and dispel a lot of previously-held misconceptions, particularly about women drivers," the Daily Mail quoted Neil Greig, of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, as saying.

"While women are still more nervous in certain environments, such as in fast-moving traffic and bad weather, we encourage them to take the steering wheel more often, and to get as much practice as possible," added Greig.