Has the romance of the road gone out of your life? You're not alone.
Only two-thirds of U.S. motorists say they like to drive, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center. When a Gallup poll asked the same question 15 years ago, four of five drivers said they enjoyed being behind the wheel.
The chief culprit in our disaffection isn't high gasoline prices, Pew says. Instead, survey respondents who said they found driving a chore rather than a pleasure most often cited traffic jams and the behavior of other drivers - not surprising, Pew notes, in a country in which passenger vehicles outnumber licensed drivers.
Other highlights from Pew's phone survey of 1,048 drivers, conducted from mid-June through mid-July:
- One-fourth of drivers consider their car or truck "something special." That's down from 43 percent in 1991.
- Three out of 10 say they can tell what a person is like from the kind of vehicle he or she drives.
- Two out of five say they have eaten a meal while driving.
- Two out of five say they have cursed, yelled or gestured at another driver within the past year.
- Six percent say they have fallen asleep at the wheel in the past year.