Let me ask you something. If you were told that you could only own one motorcar for the rest of your life, would you choose it based entirely on how it looks, without ever touching, examining or driving it?

No, I thought not.

So then how come there are still so many people out there, particularly females, who believe that they must "save themselves for marriage"? Or worse still, young couples who rush into marriage before the glow of new romance has even worn off? And it will. It takes a long time to get to know someone. You cannot turn a stranger into a friend overnight. And you certainly cannot turn a stranger into a lover or lifetime companion over a short period of time. But you will be amazed at how many people try, and then wonder why their marriages fail. To a certain extent, I blame organised religion for this. To encourage young people to save their virginity for marriage is spiritually worthy, but practically flawed. Sex, more than anything else, is a vital component of a successful marriage. To discover only after you have committed yourself to a lifetime union that your partner doesn't particularly like sex, or worse still, the type of sex you enjoy, is a disaster of epic proportions. And nothing will drive a married person into the arms of another quicker than a failed sex life. No...I believe it is essential for young couples to live together, or at least get to know each other on the most intimate physical and psychological terms before they even consider getting married. As I say, test drive your potential spouse. Or run the risk of both ending up back on the show-room floor as second-hand goods.