Hey men, driven to find a little love (or at least a little action) just in time for Valentine’s Day?
The best advice is to keep on trucking — literally. A new survey from Insure.com found the road rules of attraction dictate that women like men who drive trucks and men like women who slide behind the wheel of a sports car. The mid-life crisis set might be able to finally afford that pricey convertible and the earth-friendly dudes might get their personal charge from an electric model. But according to this latest poll of 2,000 female and male drivers, even if they have a face that wouldn’t stop traffic, a guy is better off pouring his wallet and his machismo into a truck. Black preferably. And a Ford.
Likewise, the damsels better set aside the notion it doesn’t matter what set of wheels they arrive in as they show up and have a heartbeat. The same survey on what cars get women running hot concluded that men think attractive females tend to drive red BMW sports cars. Imagine the driveway of that power couple made in automotive heaven, not to mention the combined auto payments.
The survey ranked several styles as cars driven by attractive men. Not surprisingly, minivans fell low at 2 percent. Quite surprisingly, minivans for men were not dead last. That honor fell to “mail truck” which raises the question of “Postal workers get to take their vehicles home? followed by “Doesn’t gainful employment by potential dates count for anything?” Of course, dispelling that notion, UPS truck came in least-but-not-last at 4 percent. One wonders if the occupation-associated uniforms had anything to do with that outcome.
If a Black Ford pickup truck is out of the question, guys were also perceived easy on the eyes if they roll in a Chevrolet or Porsche or a car colored silver or black.
Maybe the idea of a truck gets the wheels of a woman’s heart turning because it implies the object of affection could be in it for the long haul. Or, at the very least, come in handy when one needs a haul of any length. Couches don’t tend to fit in a two-seater.
Maybe guys get their internal motors revved up over the sporty BMW because it’s something they’re more likely to borrow in a pinch than a powder blue Volkswagen Beetle, complete with girly dashboard vase. Either that, or they’re looking for someone who might actually pick up the tab at dinner. Maybe women driving green minivans — the least attractive ladies, per the surveyors — just don’t give off that same vibe.
Regardless of who drives what, the survey also found a couple of things that can cut the engine on any relationship. An ashtray full of cigarette butts is a deal breaker for both genders but women are more put off by bad music and loud exhaust. Men can apparently put up with those but think political bumper stickers and car dents spell a potentially bumpy road. And based on the chilly reception by survey takers, even those holding the title to the aforementioned trucks and sports cars should never, ever indulge in one vehicular adornment — the pine tree air freshener.
So next time you peer at a couple and wonder what the heck he or she sees in the other, see if you can check out their key chain or driveway. Chances are they’re a true pick-up artist.
Michelle Durand’s column “Off the Beat” runs every Tuesday and Thursday. She can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (650) 344-5200 ext. 102. What do you think of this column? Send a letter to the editor: email@example.com.