The average motorist will jump 87 red lights, drive 269,296 miles and swear 323 times at other drivers during their lifetime on Britain’s roads, it has been revealed. He- or she- will also fill-up with petrol 2,214 times and get stuck in traffic nearly ten thousand times, according to the report.
Additionally, the researchers revealed the typical driver will spend 99 days stuck on gridlocked roads, make 1,992 phone calls and check our smartphone for emails or texts over a thousand times.
Marcus Thielking of Skobbler said:
”There is no excuse for behaviour such as jumping red lights, tailgating fellow motorists or cutting people up.
”Being a motorist involves a lot more than just driving and whilst we all try to be sensible drivers it would seem we are all guilty of a few misdemeanours, whether it’s speeding or using our phones illegally.
”This research shows we do spend an awfully long time in the car and many motorists will conduct a lot of their other business in their vehicle.
”Reprimanding children, applying lipstick, checking the telephone and rowing with our partner are just some of the things this research unveiled about Brits behaviour behind the wheel.
”Getting lost can often be a contributing factor to stressful arguments with fellow passengers.
”Using modern sat nav apps instead of relying on the map reading skills of others provides the best chance of staying on track and reducing those inevitable squabbles.”
The report also found whilst behind the wheel we spend 384 days listening to the radio and 337 days playing our own music, which means on average we sing 4,104 times in the car.
The typical adult will also share 680 kisses in the car- and even have sex four times from the age of 17 and upwards.
But on the contrary, the average adult will have a whopping 2,974 rows with a partner whilst they are behind the wheel.
The kids are bearing the brunt too as they get 5,520 tellings off.
We will suffer from 2 flat tyres, breakdown twice and tot up a total of 51 speeding tickets, in addition to 62 parking tickets.
The stresses of life have got so much that the average person has even resorted to having a good old cry 76 times whilst in their car.
Other extra-car-ricular activities include eating in the car (897 times) and applying make-up (319 times).
Car maintenance such as checking oil and tyre pressure will take place 233 times and we will top up with screen wash 185 times in our driving life time.
Marcus Thielking continued:
”Modern cars need far less maintenance nowadays and in the future we won’t spend weekends tinkering under the bonnet.
”Likewise there is sophisticated technology which improves the whole driving experience whether it’s the audio equipment we use to listen to our music or the navigational solutions we use.
”Millions of motorists now use sat nav apps which offer free map updates for life. These modern navigation solutions can cut down on journey times and the stress involved when you don’t know where you are going.”
BREAKDOWN OF THE AVERAGE MOTORIST
PER LIFETIME OF DRIVING (61.5 YEARS)
|Number of cars owned||18 cars|
|Miles driven||269,296 miles|
|Visit garage to buy fuel||2,214 miles|
|Stuck in traffic||9,594 times/99 days|
|Took/made a phone call||1,992 times|
|Check phone (for texts, etc)||1,011 times|
|Listen to the radio||384 days|
|Listen to music||337 days|
|Visits to garage for repairs||34|
|Screen wash refills||185 times|
|Replaced car accessories (windscreen wipers, oil etc)||39 times|
|Basic car maintenance (check oil, water, tyre pressure etc)||233 times|
|Flirted with other motorists||55 times|
|Kissed a partner or date||680 times|
|Had sex||4 times|
|Eaten in the car||897 times|
|Slept in the car||38 times|
|Sang in the car||4,104 times|
|Broken the speed limit||19,379 times|
|Driven on the motorway||6,760 times|
|Shouted at the kids||5,520 times|
|Argued with a partner||2,974 times|
|Cried in the car||76 times|
|Applied make up/brushed hair||319 times|
|Used Sat Nav||4,797 times|
|Got lost in the car||371 times|
|Jumped a red light||87 times|
|Hooted a cyclist||62 times|
|Tailgated a slow driver||138 times|
|Been tailgated||362 times|
|Number of speeding tickets||51|
|Number of parking tickets||62|
|Sworn at other motorists||323 times|
|Cut someone up||95 times|
|Parked on a kerb||226|