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Male drivers waste six million hours a year
« on: 27/04/2006 18:47:43 »

Male drivers waste six million hours a year  
 
 
LONDON (AFP) - British male drivers waste nearly six million hours a year lost on the road because they are reluctant to ask for directions.
 
Men who are lost wait an average of 20 minutes before giving up and asking for directions, while women only wait 10 minutes before seeking help, according to a survey from Royal Automobile Club Direct Insurance.
 
Men even endure a "nagging period" of around 10 minutes from their partner before throwing in the towel and stopping to ask the way, the poll showed.
 
Based on responses from 2,000 adults, the survey also revealed:
 
--Some 64 percent of couples admitted to having arguments over getting lost on the road.
 
-- Only 27 percent of couples plan their journeys before setting off.
 
-- Just 36 percent of couples rely on landmarks and road signs to find their destination
 
-- One in four couples still scribble down basic directions on a bit of scrap paper.
 
RAC Direct Insurance product manager Craig Martin said awareness of the problem could improve driving standards.
 
"The anxiety, increased stress levels and road rage that can be caused by getting lost are unnecessary distractions on today's busy roads when motorists need to be alert and able to concentrate," Martin said.
 
"These problems can easily be avoided just by motorists taking a bit more time to plan their journeys," he added.
 
Martin said new technology installed in cars, including satellite navigation systems, were now being used by about one in five drivers.
 
 
 



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Re: Male drivers waste six million hours a year
« Reply #1 on: 28/04/2006 16:39:17 »
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"These problems can easily be avoided just by motorists taking a bit more time to plan their journeys," he added.



This is until the first set of road works and diversions.



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Re: Male drivers waste six million hours a year
« Reply #2 on: 29/04/2006 15:49:29 »
I blame the girlys for this. It really is their fault. If they could figure out how to read an atlas then we wouldn't get lost. Shame on them !!..

Girlys....know your place !


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Re: Male drivers waste six million hours a year
« Reply #3 on: 30/04/2006 18:00:47 »


Well watching them can be a distraction



 



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Re: Male drivers waste six million hours a year
« Reply #4 on: 05/05/2006 17:45:09 »
Hail to the gps-system, I'll never have to ask directions again.

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« Reply #5 on: 05/05/2006 19:16:54 »

GPS     God Please Signal I am lost!




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Re: Male drivers waste six million hours a year
« Reply #6 on: 06/05/2006 11:15:30 »
Hadrian - when you post great stories like the one above (and the fab one about the man swallowing his car keys and making duplicates from an X-ray) can you please put the date of the original source, otherwise it's not clear what's "news" and what's archival.

This is useful if we want to cover anything posted here on the radio programme because then we can peg it to a time.

Thanks a million

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Re: Male drivers waste six million hours a year
« Reply #7 on: 09/05/2006 10:03:25 »

I will be glad to Chris. I tend to ramble about the net a bit. I like to call it collecting stuff!




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