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A lifetime of driving- 269,296 miles, 87 jumped red lights and 99 days in traffic

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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.

The study, which involved 2,000 drivers, was carried out by Skobbler, developers of the UK’s leading iPhone sat nav app ‘GPS Navigation 2‘, and revealed we will get lost 371 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 owned18 cars
Miles driven269,296 miles
Visit garage to buy fuel2,214 miles
Stuck in traffic9,594 times/99 days
Took/made a phone call1,992 times
Check phone (for texts, etc)1,011 times
Listen to the radio384 days
Listen to music337 days
Near misses3
Minor accidents1
Broken down2
Flat tyre2
Visits to garage for repairs34
Screen wash refills185 times
Replaced car accessories (windscreen wipers, oil etc)39 times
Basic car maintenance (check oil, water, tyre pressure etc)233 times
Flirted with other motorists55 times
Kissed a partner or date680 times
Had sex4 times
Eaten in the car897 times
Slept in the car38 times
Sang in the car4,104 times
Broken the speed limit19,379 times
Driven on the motorway6,760 times
Shouted at the kids5,520 times
Argued with a partner2,974 times
Cried in the car76 times
Applied make up/brushed hair319 times
Used Sat Nav4,797 times
Got lost in the car371 times
Jumped a red light87 times
Hooted a cyclist62 times
Tailgated a slow driver138 times
Been tailgated362 times
Number of speeding tickets51
Number of parking tickets62
Sworn at other motorists323 times
Cut someone up95 times
Parked on a kerb226

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