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Published:February 13th, 2011 11:34 EST

Do You Love Your Car More Than Your Family?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"U.S. drivers shower their vehicles with just as much affection as they do a close friend or family member -- maybe more, a survey indicates.


A national survey conducted by Jiffy Lube International indicates more than one-third of U.S. adults say they`ve humanized their relationships with their vehicle by encouraging, complimenting and apologizing to their cars and trucks.

Eric Eurich, head of marketing for Jiffy Lube International, says open communication is a driving factor in the relationship between man -- or woman -- and machine these days many drivers admit they openly express their love and affection to their wheels."


It`s true that many Americans show more affection for their cars than they do for their family members. A dude will go into hysterics if he discovers that his beloved car got a ding in a parking lot, but if his girlfriend is seriously burned while preparing dinner, he will say "Oh honey just put a bandage on it."

I have never whispered "sweet nothings" to my 15-year-old junker, but I have humanized my relationship with my automobile. Not a week goes by that I don`t scream at my ride: Don`t you dare die out on me, you *^(^#@#!

But even when I used to tool around in a brand new car, I never complimented my vehicle and I sure as heck never apologized to it.

People please get your priorities in order, and lavish more love and attention on your family than you do on your car.

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