Being a Backseat Driver Can Actually End Your Relationship

People end relationships for a multitude of different reasons—whether it seems fair or not. And according to recent data published by Ford, 20 percent of millennials admit to breaking up with their S.O. because they were a backseat driver.

 With that in mind, if you’re planning a road trip anytime soon with your S.O., here are some tips for leaving the car, like, together (so you don’t have to re-download your dating apps).

 Watch Your Tone. This is the difference between a shady “ok” and an “okay!” “Think of providing comments in a neutral way rather than assigning blame. For example, instead of “Watch out! You’re going to kill us!” Try instead: “From where I’m sitting, it looks like our car is really close to the one in front of us.”

 Talk It Out. Just like post-sex pillow talk is so essential, you should have a post-car ride sesh where you can talk with your partner about what may have just happened, too. Like, “Hey, it actually stresses me out and makes my driving worse when you act like that in the car,” or “It would be more helpful for me if you helped with directions instead of just playing on your phone.”

 Leave It in the Car. Some people just have control issues and hate being the one who’s literally not in the driver’s seat. When it comes to these types, “Don’t let what happened in the car influence the opinion or feelings you have for this person outside of the car.”