23 March 2023
The love affair between men and their cars has existed since the invention of cars.
That’s not to say women can’t love their cars; it seems the be a different kind of love. Women tend not to form such close attachments; they generally see the car as a means to an end.
According to certain shrinks, owning a car for a man is a way of asserting their masculinity. More often than not, men sit behind the wheel, which seems to make them more in control.
That is not to say all men are petrolheads.
Jeremy Clarkson famously wrote:
‘That’s what non-car people don’t get. They see all cars as just ton-and-a-half, two tons of wires, glass, metal and rubber. That’s all they see.’
‘People like you and I know; we have an unshakable belief that cars are living entities.’
‘You can develop a relationship with a car. And that’s just what non-car people don’t get.’
A study undertaken by BMW found that men were most relaxed when sitting behind the wheel. The reason? They felt they had nothing to prove. Put a man in the driving seat, and it’s just him and the road ahead to think about. There’s no pressure, criticism, or stress.