talking in a car
talking in a car

Conversations In Cars


Hands up who's had a memorable trip in a Zipcar? This got us to thinking, so we did some research and it turns out that 76% of us use car journeys for a deep and meaningful conversations. And of that, nearly a quarter of us prefer to raise an issue with someone in the car rather than anywhere else.


Sarah Rozenthuler, Chartered Psychologist

Sarah Rozenthuler, Chartered Psychologist

Sarah Rozenthuler, Chartered Psychologist

We asked Sarah why car journeys are the best place for conversations that bring us closer together, reveal secrets, and could change your life: "Driving is a helpful distraction, particularly for people who don’t often share how they feel. As the driver has another task to perform, their ability to repress their feelings lessens and their true emotions come to the surface. The informal setting also helps us loosen up and speak more freely"

The stats back it up

The survey agreed: nearly a third said that we felt most comfortable having meaningful conversations in cars because there are no distractions.  Other reasons we heard about included the fact that there is nowhere to escape to (25%), and you’re not forced to look one another in the eye (23%).

When it comes to the sexes, men feel most at ease when having deep and meaningful conversations in cars than anywhere else.



76% of us have had a deep and meaningful in a car
73 mins is the best drive time for meaningful chats
24% prefer to raise an issue in a car
31% of millennials prefer to break up in a car

Honest conversations

guys chatting in the car

Honest conversations

The research also found that while in a car we’re keener to get deep and honest with a friend (31%), 29% have exchanged life advice, and 28% dare to dabble in politics. An evasive 16% even admit the car is an ideal place to reveal a big secret. 

Significant journeys


Significant journeys

The research showed we’re a sentimental bunch, and like to reflect on significant journeys such as their first drive with their licence (31%), a road trip with friends/family (26%), and a first date (15%) as being key life moments.

James Taylor, General Manager Zipcar UK says:

Our members have told us that Zipcars have been used for marriage proposals, taking expecting mothers in labour to the hospital and even taking a bride to her wedding when her taxi didn’t show up! 

It’s incredible to see Zipcar UK facilitate not only essential journeys, but meaningful conversations and key life moments. We’re not just here for the everyday essential journeys but also those memory-making adventures such as last-minute getaways and road trips. With the rise in popularity of domestic travel, we have a chance to connect with our loved ones and surroundings more than ever before”.




Member stories

With over 300,000 members in the UK alone, being a Zipcar member means you’re part of a growing community of car sharers.  Take a read here to discover some examples of stories other members have had.  

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