Can your love of cars affect your love life?

Feb 21, 2020 | Same topic: Let's Drive Smart!
Here's a list of how loving cars a bit too much will affect your love life.

Your love of cars and your love life

By being designated as the month of love, hearts, or whatever since dirt was dirt, we deem that it’s the opportune time to reflect on our relationships, love lives, the lack of it, or what affects it.

For many others though, they’ll soon realize quickly that there’s only so much love we can give and heck, it can turn ugly rather quickly. It’s a bit of a generalization but hear us out.

Juggling your job (which we hope you love), your friends, your hobbies, and your hubby/wifey/GF/BF time might be getting tiresome in one way or another.

A picture of Iketani experiencing existential crisis

True, but most of us will inevitably have relationships or even get married eventually

And since you’re here, reading this, then there’s our immense love of cars and anything automotive related. It’s a passion that runs so deep to the point that we know that several of us will even take a bullet for certain cars just because we love them so much.

So, this begs the question; can a car, or rather, your love of cars affect your love life? In short, it can. But how?

>>> For your information: Top 5 best family cars for starter families in the Philippines

1. Going off on drives…ALONE

If you love cars, it’s implied that you love driving right? As such, it's pretty common to see among car guys to go off alone to rip up some curves in their favorite driving roads, to go out on a cruise with mates (still alone in the car), and maybe even pouring his/her whole weekend by logging in some track time with the 400 horsepower weekend warrior chariot.

While some of you have partners who will like to go out with you and actually enjoy driving themselves (lucky bastards), a great many partners especially those of the fairer sex will most often not share your undying and persistent love of driving and cars.

A picture of a rally car in the woods

Hubby: "Went out on a record-breaking run!" Wife: "You cheater!"

Some spouses might even suspect you of using your “going out for a drive” as an excuse to do some shadier shit. No, we won’t say what those are but you all know what we mean. Hehe.

Maybe take your partner out on these relaxing drives that you occasionally go out to? Then again, having another person with you in the car changes things a bit. 

2. Partners who are backseat drivers

Drivers who need advice will often ask for it. As such, it can be pretty annoying for a competent driver such as yourself to be given unsolicited advice from your spouse/GF/BF.

This especially rings true among men whenever their wives are driving. So, if you don’t want to find your “adobo” Fridays suddenly canceled then you might want to shut up.

That is unless your partner is a truly terrible driver and is about to steer you off the skyway then you might want to speak up.

A picture of a backseat driver with his partner

"I told you to do to a burnout woman now the kids are disappointed!"

>>> Check out: Handling backseat drivers: 7 tips to follow

3. Choice of car

Starting a family, especially for staunch car guys, sometimes doesn’t mix. Sure, there are spouses that will condone your choice of vehicle, if you can keep two that is.

A large SUV, MPV or minivan is usually a seven-seater, and then your beloved two-seater sportscar.

couple in car

Starting a family, especially for staunch car guys, sometimes doesn’t mix

Most of us Filipinos, however, are single-car households as such, some of you unlucky ones might be forced to sell your beloved Toyota GT86, souped-up Civic, or Miata for a larger, more utilitarian vehicle with lots of space.

Again, resisting might strain your relationship so many of you might want to acquiesce to your spouse’s choice of vehicle and then buy a smaller sporty car once your kids grow up or when you’ve saved up enough.

Cue the grown man bawling whilst caressing his Toyota MR2 for the last time before leaving it for consignment at a dealer.

A picture of a green Toyota MR2 in the woods

Who wouldn't be left crying when forced to sell this beauty

Sure, there are large SUVs that can whet your taste for driving satisfaction but then again. Also, do check out our list of the best cars for young Filipino couples because you might actually get to keep your car after all.

4. Not consulting you partner with regards to car-enthusiast related costs

Raising a family, as we know, requires transparency and the sharing of resources in-between the wife and the husband. The same also holds true for live-in partners and for some serious BF/GF relations out there.

As such, your non-car enthusiast partner might have some qualms about racking up thousands of pesos for those aftermarket parts, racetrack fees, maintenance fees, etc. Some sort of agreement between spouses should also be made when buying a new car.

In acquiring a vehicle, the cost might not even be the point but instead, it’s with the vehicle’s intended purpose.

Surprising your wife with a Ford Ranger Raptor when you’ve agreed beforehand to buy a more expensive but more family-oriented Toyota Alphard is pretty risky. Ballsy, but risky.  

A picture of an angry girl anime girl looking at a Ford Ranger mid-jump

Wifey wanted a cushy, roomy ride, instead, you bought a hill jumper

Again, “adobo” Fridays might suddenly disappear until further notice along with the backrubs.

So if you’re the type of guy who buys more gifts for his car more than his girl, then you might want to tone it down. This is especially true if you’re expecting to raise a family, buy a house, or some other life-changing thing that comes packaged with getting married.

>>> Read 5 helpful guides to prepare your car to avoid unexpected delay on your trips.

5. Not letting your partner drive the car

Once you get married, consider your personal space cut in half. Your mancave might see intrusions from time to time, you’ll have to share a bed, and you’ll have to deal with your spouse occasionally asking to use your car.

For some who really love their cars, we know abhor the thought of letting someone else drive the car. Sure, being protective is understandable but you should also be keen when you really need to budge.

Also, letting your spouse drive your car once in a while is a sign of trust that he/she will appreciate.

A picture of a man happily driving his car

Haha! Not this time honey!

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6. Driving recklessly

Marriage means that your life is now tied with your partner. As such, when he/she learns of your antics behind the wheel or worse experiences it herself/himself, then it's highly likely you’ll get a mouthful.

This is especially true if you already have kids because getting injured whilst being a parent is NOT easy.

A picture of a girl mad at hooning

It's a given truth that your girlfriend will morph into someone naggy just like your mom

The married car enthusiast: A slumbering beast waiting to be unleashed

At first glance, a married car enthusiast might look like and behave like a puppy whenever his/her partner is concerned.

And we know that some of you are biding your time right now to get back on the horse but one thing’s for sure, you ain’t living for yourself anymore especially you married car guys out there.

married car enthusiast

A married car enthusiast might look like and behave like a puppy whenever his/her partner is concerned

There’s nothing you can do about it for now as such, all we can say to you is chin up, try to be patient, try to be transparent and consider your partner’s opinion in everything you do.

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Author

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.