During their lifetime the average British motorist will jump 87 red lights, drive 269,296 miles, swear 323 times at other motorists and hoot a total of 62 cyclists.
They will fill-up with petrol 2,214 times and get stuck in traffic nearly ten thousand times a study has found.
Researchers revealed over the course of our driving life we will spend 99 days stuck on gridlocked roads, will make 1992 phone calls and will check our smartphone for emails or texts over a thousand times.
The details of 2000 drivers’ habits emerged in a study commissioned by skobbler, developers of the UKs leading iPhone sat nav app ‘GPS Navigation 2,’ and revealed we will get lost 371 times.
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 4104 times in the car.
Marcus Thielking, Co-founder 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.’’
The study also found that the typical adult will share 680 kisses in the car and will have sex four times from the age of 17 and upwards.
But on the contrary the average adult will have a whopping 2974 rows with a partner whilst they are behind the wheel.
The kids are bearing the brunt too as they get 5520 tellings off.
‘’Getting lost can often be a contributing factor to stressful arguments with fellow passengers,” said Marcus Thielking. “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.”
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 resorted to having a good old cry 76 times whilst in their car.
And other extra-curricular 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 added: ‘’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 61.5 YEARS
Number of cars owned........ 18 cars
Miles driven........ 269,296 miles
Visit garage to buy fuel........ 2,214 times
Stuck in traffic........ 9,594 times / 99 days
Took / made a phone call......... 1992 times
Check phone for texts etc........ 1011 times
Listens to the radio........ 384 days
Listens to music........ 337 days
Near misses........ 3
Minor accidents........ 1
Broken down........ 2
Flat tyre........ 2
Visits to garage for repairs........ 34
Filled car up with screen wash........ 185 times
Replaced car accessories
(windscreen wipers, oil, light bulbs 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 in the car........ 4 times
Eaten in the car........ 897 times
Slept in the car........ 38 times
Sang in the car........ 4104 times
Broken the speed limit........ 19,379 times
Driven on the motorway....... 6760 times
Shouted at the kids........ 5520 times
Argued with a partner........ 2974 times
Cried in the car........ 76 times
Applied make up / brushed hair........ 319 times
Used Sat Nav........ 4797 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 fellow motorists........ 323 times
Cut someone up........ 95 times
Parked on a kerb........ 226
Founded in 2008, Berlin-based skobbler (www.skobbler.com) is one of the premier players in mobile location-aware services. With over 3 million customers on iOS alone, skobbler has regularly topped overall and category app charts in numerous countries, leading the way in the development of location technology and end consumer products based on the OpenStreetMap. This experience also facilitates skobbler’s development projects for third parties. Based on the skobbler GeOS map access technology, companies can base their location-aware web or mobile services on the OpenStreetMap.
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