Quite clearly, the car is not just used for driving!
The average British motorist will own 26 cars, cover nearly 300,000 miles and exceed the speed limit 18,165 times during their driving lifetime, reveals Gocompare.com.
From the tender age of 17, motorists will spend much of their daily lives commuting in the car, ferrying people around and conducting their social life.
As such, they will visit the local garage to fill up with fuel at least 2,645 times, and get the car fixed 31 times.
John Miles, business development director at Gocompare.com, which conducted the research said: “The study is a real eye-opener, as not only does it give us an in-depth account of the average motorist, it also reveals the impact of having a driving license.
“Being able to drive a car involves so much more than just getting from A to B – as most folk conduct a lot of their other business in the car.
The study shows the average motorist will be lucky enough to drive someone to a date up to 15 times over their driving lifetime, and will flirt with other drivers on 68 separate occasions.
But even more impressively, they will share 1,210 kisses with partners across the 61.5 years.
Unfortunately though, not everything goes well for couples in the car – as the average driver will argue with their other half 3,646 times and will end up sleeping in the car 39 times.
When it comes to commuting, car owners will sit in traffic jams an incredible 9,348 times for the equivalent of 100 days, 21 hours and seven minutes.
During this time they will refer to the Sat Nav for directions 4,539 times, but will also get lost 336 times.
Unfortunately, driving a car comes with its risks – as the research proves.
The average motorist will have 81 near misses over the years, but will be unlucky enough to be involved in up to 35 minor accidents such as bumps and scrapes, driving into the back of someone or dinging someone’s car.
John Miles said: “What is worrying is that motorists clearly aren’t just driving in the car.
“On many occasions they are getting side-tracked by activities which should take place elsewhere– such as eating, applying make-up and checking the phone.
“It’s okay to use your car as a home from home if you’re stationary and parked – not stuck in traffic – but if you’re in the middle of a journey your mind should be on your driving, not juggling a hot coffee and a mobile phone.”
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27 July 2011, 05:05PM
I can relate to the couples arguing in the car. My husband and I are always falling out over which route to take and many a time he pulls over and gets out of the car and tells me to drive!
31 July 2011, 06:41PM
Years ago, I was kicked out of my digs (we are talking late 1960's here) and had to spend four days sleeping in my car.
1 August 2011, 01:14PM
When I first dated my husband we both lived at home with our parents and so struggled to have time on our own. We spent many an hour chatting in his car planning our future together. That was 23 years ago and our marriage is still going strong.
8 August 2011, 12:52PM
I class my car as one of the family. I use it for my commute to work, drive it abroad on our annual holiday, use it for daily school runs and thatís just the tip of the iceberg! My 9-year-old daughter has already asked me if she can have it when she is old enough to learn to drive!
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