I’m a guy. I can vouch for my gender’s stubbornness in asking for directions. I can also vouch for my gender’s cheapness. So, this should attack the issue: the average man wastes $3000 in gas by NOT asking for directions! This seemed an appropriate topic for the holiday weekend ;-)
(Courtesy of David Williams – Telegraph)
The average male motorist drives 276 miles each year while lost – because he’s too proud to ask for directions.
If the research is to be believed, one quarter of men put off asking for directions from passers-by for at least half an hour, with one in 10 refusing to ask for help at all. According to insurers Sheilas’ Wheels, this “lost” driving time comes with a price, resulting in men wasting up to £2,000 worth of fuel over their lifetime.
Almost three-quarters of women (74 per cent) said they had no qualms about asking for directions with 37 per cent saying they would pull over as soon as they realised they were lost, compared to just 30 per cent of men. However, 40 per cent of the men said that even if they were to ask a stranger for directions, they wouldn’t always trust or follow them.
Over a third of 1,000 motorists polled (34 per cent) said they would rather ask a woman than a man for directions (28 per cent). Two in five men (41 per cent) also admitted telling passengers that they knew where they were going when in fact they were lost – compared to a quarter (26 per cent) of women.
“Lost miles can add up and become costly so if you’re looking to save on petrol and the pennies, we suggest you plan and prepare your route well in advance,” said Jacky Brown, at Sheilas’ Wheels.
“Even if you have a sat-nav it’s worth having an idea of the journey in your mind so that you don’t become a slave to the machine – and end up getting lost.”