We’re all susceptible to the odd motoring offence. Many of us assume they’re few and far between, but according to data from iPhone satnav app developer skobbler, these automotive misdemeanours soon add up to staggering levels.
Over the course of an average lifetime of driving, which works out at 61.5 years if you were
wondering, we will have committed the offence of speeding 19,379 times, checked our phone for a
new text message 10,111 times and had three near misses with other road users. That last figure seems a bit low – we had 3 on the way to work this morning.
Moreover, the average motoring Joe will apparently tailgate drivers some 362 times, acquire 51
speeding tickets, 62 parking tickets (equating to nearly £7,500 in costs), given other motorists the
finger (or two) 323 times and cut someone up, presumably in a rush to get home, 95 times. 61.5
years is a long time but, still, that’s a lot of bad driving.
The survey, which investigated the habits of 2,000 drivers across the UK, also revealed our other
natural habits. We will cry some 76 times in the car, flirt with other road users 55 times and have
sex four times, though, hopefully not all at the same time. In a similar vein, we will kiss a partner or
date 680 times, argue with a partner 2,974 times – probably because we get lost 371 times and use our car as a bed 38 times.
Less interesting and somewhat depressing statistics involve the fact we spend a total of 99 days in traffic, 2,214 days buying fuel and 269,296 days travelling over the course of our lifetime – nearly eleven times around the equator of the earth. Those miles are achieved with 18 different cars. With so much time spent in our wheeled vessels, it’s no wonder we listen to 337 days worth of music and 384 days of radio.
While the sample size is relatively limited compared with the number of drivers across 61.5 years,
and knowing driving habits and the number of road users will have changed greatly over that time,
among other factors, the figures will not be perfect but they make great reading.