Illustration for article titled Why you should be with someone who can drive (and work on) your Car

Yes, I've been in relationships where my guy couldn't drive my car. Nothing is quite as frustrating as having your significant other unable to help you drive to an event, or move a car from one side of the driveway to another. For many men, this is the norm, and is accepted. I'm here to tell you that you'll be much happier sharing the automotive experience with your significant other, and why.


1. You now have a built-in driving buddy.

Yes, now you can split the drive times between yourself and your significant other. No more making 10+ hour drives by yourself as your boyfriend/girlfriend sits and plays Candy Crush on their phone. When they have a problem with your driving you can say "Fine, you drive!" and they actually could!


2. Two sets of hands to drop an engine/transmission/change a wheel, etc.

Remember how awesome it was to have your roommate in college help you out with your car? Your best bud sick of you always calling them to help, or maybe you are getting ready to move out of state and you don't know anyone there except your spouse/live-in gf/bf. No Problem!! When you are with someone who can also help you work on the car, you don't have to worry about putting off that car work that can sometimes be daunting by yourself. (unless, of course, you run out of money... but that's not a problem when..


3. Sometimes you can share one car, if necessary

That's right.. no more paying outrageous prices or getting a rental when one car breaks down. If you are going to about the same area you both can drive to, etc. Its so much easier when you don't have to always have two cars up and going just because someone can't 'drive a manual'.


4. More awesome cars in the stable

If you are with someone who loves cars and works on cars with you, that just means greater odds of having two awesome cars to choose from in your stable, rather than an automatic baby-mobile (bringer of the death of dreams and ambitions) for one car, and the your now shitty falling-apart project mobile that your significant other won't let you work on because you have to keep the automatic car running as a priority. Of course, this isn't necessarily going to help with your financial problems (for instance.. I have the problem of keeping up several competitive vehicles for funzies, and a serious tool fetish), but it will increase the odds that you'll have a functioning FUN car more times than not.


5. The couple that plays together, stays together.

Fun cars = fun times. Imagine being able to hang out with your other at an autocross, and cheering them on as they take your car out and beat your time.. or going to a track weekend together without having them bitch you out for having to be alone all weekend. Maybe even having a co-driver for life for rally? If cars are an important part of your life, why sacrifice it for someone? Its no different than any other hobby. If you want your relationship to last, don't sacrifice for a spouse that can't (or even worse, refuses) to share it with you.


I married my rally crew chief this weekend on Pi day (3.14 15 @ 9:26 pm). I taught him how to autocross, and watched him take his first National Trophy at the Dixie National Tour on the same weekend, sharing a car with him and loving it the entire time. I couldn't be more proud and happy to have someone I can share my love of cars with.

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