Most Canadians Get Intimate in Cars, Poll Finds

Canadians may be known internationally for their good manners, love of maple syrup, and ice hockey, but according to a new study commissioned by autoTRADER.ca, we may have another less obvious national pastime: intimate encounters in automobiles.

The cross-Canada poll, administered by maru/matchbox, discovered that three out of every four Canadians (75 percent) admit they’ve been physically intimate with someone in a vehicle at some point. What’s more, 74 percent said they would happily pursue another lap at love in a car, if they knew their partner was open to the idea.

“Despite technology dramatically transforming dating culture, something about getting hot and heavy in a car transcends generations and has stood the test of time,” says psychologist and relationship expert Nicole McCance. “It seems the majority of Canadians are open to moving beyond the bedroom, but want to make sure their partners are on the same page. Not only does an intimate encounter in a car offer an element of excitement and danger, it may also be considered convenient in some cases.”

So much so in fact, that 41 percent of Canadians confessed to engaging in intimate acts on multiple occasions. Interestingly, boomers (aged 55+) report being most experienced in this area (79 percent), yet their younger millennial counterparts (aged 18–34) aren’t far behind (65 percent).

“The majority of Canadians described this amorous activity as ‘fun and exciting,’ or ‘naughty and risqué’ – it’s a new, playful side of Canadians that we haven’t seen so overtly before,” added McCance.

What keeps bringing Canadians back to their vehicles to express their affections? The study suggests “riskiness” is the most influential factor: in fact, almost half (46 percent) of millennials report the risk appeal is a turn on. In today’s time-crunched, “communal living is the norm” culture, more than one third (36 percent) of respondents also said they value the “convenience factor” of it all.

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When it comes to vehicle types that are most likely to get Canadians in the mood, a smooth and sexy luxury vehicle wins over a fast and furious sports car (35 percent vs 25 percent). Nearly a third of Canadians (31 percent) agreed that a large and roomy SUV, and even a safe and reliable sedan, have lots of love potential (31 percent and 22 percent respectively). In contrast, eco-friendly hybrid/electric cars (11 percent) and motorcycles (9 percent) don’t get Canadians revving up for romance.

“In recent years, SUV sales have experienced an all-time high, with the vehicle quickly becoming a household favourite for Canadians,” says Michael Bettencourt, managing editor, autoTRADER.ca. “Traditionally, the popularity of SUVs can be credited to many factors – from comfort, to safety – but perhaps we’re learning there’s more to the story….”

The roomier the better. Canada’s friskiest vehicles ranked in order of preference:

  1. Recreational Vehicle (RV)
  2. Minivan
  3. Convertible
  4. Pickup Truck

Perhaps it can be attributed to being a literal “bedroom on wheels”, if given a choice, 40 percent of Canadians would love to get things going in an RV (a favourite for Boomers and a popular choice for millennials alike). Whereas minivans do the trick for many Boomers (27 percent), millennials generally favour rugged and risky options such as the back of a pickup truck (27 percent) or a topless convertible (22 percent).

Other highlights from the autoTRADER.ca love and cars survey include:

Frequenting a romantic rendezvous

There’s nothing like the feeling of driving to a destination with a reputation for setting the mood. Findings indicate that the majority of intimate vehicle hook-ups take place at local “look-out” points (59 percent). Interestingly, this figure jumps to 70 percent for those who have engaged in such behaviour multiple times.

Put it in park

Surprisingly, the second most popular (and perhaps practical) spot for action in a car is none other than the garage (17 percent), followed by underground parking lots (12 percent).

Making room

Four in ten Canadians (43 percent) report taking extra care to get comfortable by reclining their seats when engaging in intimate activity in a car.

Turn down the radio

R&B or Classic Rock anthems are the preferred music genres to set the mood for one in five Canadians (21 and 20 percent respectively) during an intimate encounter in the car; however, twice as many people (43 percent) say they’d prefer to go without music altogether, favouring some tender talk with their partner instead.

Sweet solitude

For 38 percent of Canadians (and 42 percent of millennials), when it comes to romance and dating, the car is a place to escape – to get some alone time away from parents, families or roommates.

“We can see that Canadians are great at leveraging their practical side to purposefully go after their romantic pursuits,” says McCance. “Cars give us that perfect ‘carpe diem’ opportunity to emotionally and physically connect with our partner, anytime, anywhere.”

Survey Methodology

From January 24th to January 25th 2018 an online survey was conducted among 1,512 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error – which measures sampling variability – is +/- 2.5 percent, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to education, age, gender and region (and in Quebec, language) census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

autoTRADER.ca survey reveals 75 percent of Canadians have been “intimate” in their vehicles. 2/12/2018 8:00:00 AM