Car sex: On the road to trouble

Who does not remember this cult scene of titanic where Rose and Jack finally indulge their all-consuming passion in a 1910 Renault Type CB, hands smeared on the steaming windows? So sexy… The book Crash, adapted by David Cronenberg for the cinema, features people who love only in wrecked cars. And reality joins the fiction, because yes, the car remains a place of fantasies.

57% of the French have already made love there – in detail, 54% of women and 60% of men. According to an Ipsos survey for eBay from September 2016, France comes third after the Italians (with 70%) and the Spanish (68%). Nothing surprising according to Dr. Marion Alexandre, psychiatrist in Paris: “The car is nothing more than an extension of our body. By this very fact, it is filled with meaning, with fantasies. Psychiatrists go even further: the car would be nothing less than a phallic extension. The mechanics of the car reinforce this symbolism because it is even a symbol of power, speed, strength. And since the car has a price, it is also an instrument for social positioning. Just that.

Neither naked nor known

Yes, but be careful not to get caught… by the police. Let us bear in mind that according to Article 222-32 of the Criminal Code, “Sexual exhibition imposed in front of others in a place accessible to the public is punishable by one year in prison and a fine of 15,000 euros”. To avoid ending up broke or behind bars, why not plan an outfit that’s as easy to take off as it is to put back on, as was the case for Victoria and Gabriel, who tell us they were able to be dressed in record time when it happened proved necessary.

On September 15, 2018, on the highway between Valladolid and Madrid in Spain, a couple was filmed in full action at 130 km/h.

“The minute we finished, two voices in the back seat shouted, ‘Paper check!'”remembers Victoria. “My heart was racing, Gabriel rolled down the window, two officers were there, still with their torches blinding us. They stared at us for long seconds. Caught almost in flagrante delicto, we dared not move. We replied that we were talking. When we were dressed, they had no evidence. At the time we thought they were going to take us on board and fine us. But to our great relief they eventually left. They simply ordered us to do the same.” Neither naked nor known.


Another concern, parking, which remains prohibited at a delivery point or on a pedestrian crossing, whether the desire is too urgent or not. And badly parked” means a fine of 35 to 135 euros. Not to mention choosing the location carefully, avoid the village square, as an Italian couple did in Bella, in the north of the country. Francesco and Erika were surprised “completely naked, on top of each other”, as can be read in the report of the carabinieri, which gave them a prison sentence. We don’t mess with modesty.

There is still Guadalajara in Mexico where sex in public places is allowed.

In France, the National Police Communications Service explains its method: “If it’s near a school or even in a forest, to prevent it from becoming a dangerous place, of course we have to talk.” The police, on the other hand, say that they do “also proof of judgment”. In other words, we do not condemn moments of confusion at all costs. During the imprisonment, some were verbalized not for forbidden legs in the air, but for poorly worded certificates. A couple, arrested in the Doubs, and more precisely in the forest of Lucelans, had specified for one “sports exercises” and for the other “purchase of first necessity”. Result: 135 euros each.

love at full speed

Needless to say, hugging while riding is not only prohibited, but also dangerous. Article 412-6 of the Highway Code is clear on this point: “Every moving vehicle or set of moving vehicles must have a driver. The latter must at all times adopt a prudent behaviour. And the little treat is not one of them. On September 15, 2018, on the highway connecting Valladolid and Madrid in Spain, a couple were filmed in action at 130km/h. The video ended up on social networks and the Guardia Civil got hold of the two lovers.

And the autonomous car in all this? Sociology researchers from the Annales de la Recherche sur le Tourisme conducted their small study. “In addition to sleeping, we wondered what people could do if they were freed from driving”says Scott Cohen, who led the study. “You see how sex and the car go together in every young adult movie, you don’t have to try very hard to imagine what’s going to be possible.”

Either way, in a self-driving car or not, the practice of sexual exhibition remains punishable by fines and prison terms. On the other hand, when the French are asked what they would do in such a vehicle, they answer 73%… sleep, if we are to believe a Oresys survey from September 2018. And for those who want to love without being worried, there is Guadalajara, Mexico, where sex in public places is allowed to give the police time to deal with “serious crimes and misdemeanors”, as it is one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

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