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That long-running joke about men unwilling to stop for directions? Well, it's no joke, at least not according to British insurance firm Sheilas' Wheels. In fact, the average male motorist in Britain travels some 276 extra miles per year simply because he refuses to ask for directions. Worse yet, that amounts to £2,000 ($3,100) worth of wasted fuel over the stubborn man's lifetime.

In the UK, 25 percent of all men would rather wander aimlessly for up to a half hour before stopping to ask for directions, and one in 10 simply refuse to ask altogether. On the flip side, three quarters of women polled have zero qualms about asking for help. And here's our favorite stat: 41 percent of men admitted to telling their passengers that they knew where they were going... even though they didn't.

Though the study took place in the UK, we'd bet that, if anything, it's worse here in the States. After all, as a much larger country with sometimes huge stretches between destinations, we probably waste more time and fuel pretending like we know exactly where we're going.

[Source: Telegraph | Image: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images]


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      • 4 Years Ago
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      Study: The average male driver has a better chance of survival on the road because he would never make the mistake of stopping at Captain Spaulding's Fried Chicken and Gasoline to ask for directions.

      Not to mention, men will spend the extra coin for a nav. system more often.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well s@#& the bed!!

        That's the truth!!

      • 4 Years Ago
      276? Rubbish.
      There was no link to the study in the article. I checked it. And yes that is James May, it says it is him beneath his picture.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's why I have a GPS, ehehehhe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do people still ask for directions? Isn't that what a GPS is for?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, a business that caters to women hypes a "study" that's just more misandrist male bashing. What a surprise!

      Considering that most navigation systems and the global positioning satellites they are based on were developed primarily by men, the "men won't ask directions" meme is silly.

      I'll tell you what ladies. We'll start asking for directions when you ladies volunteer to perform oral sex. And while you're at it, don't leave bloody tampons wrapped in toilet paper on the sink counter.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Men may have invented the navigation system, but they rarely use them. Seems to me women rely on them far more heavily. Most guys I know are too proud to use them. As to the oral sex thing, grow up pal. How old are you, 15?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Love it, love it
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't mind stopping for directions if needed, but sometimes I enjoy getting lost. It's fun to explore and some of my best memories from road trips come from the times I got lost. It's not pride, it's preference.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that Captain Slow in his younger days on the right?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nah, he's not wearing a purple and pink striped rugby shirt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well I guess I ain't average then. Only time I don't want to ask for direction is when I want to get lost and make it an adventure out of it. Driving is fun.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My aimless wandering probably saves time in the long run. I've discovered lots of backroads and different ways of getting places by getting lost.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As I often tell my wife: "all roads go somewhere."
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed 100%.

        BTW, when useful knowledge comes out of it, it's no longer being lost. It's called "an expedition."
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      HaHa.
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