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A lifetime of driving – in numbers

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Motorists will shed a tear in their car 33 times, explode into 81 fits of road rage and join in on 112 Wayne’s World-style sing-alongs in the course of their lifetime on the road, a study found.

It also emerged during our time behind the wheel we will be involved in 51 arguments, scoff 60 meals on-the-move and enjoy 81 smooches.

In a typical week we will cover a distance of 82.88 miles, totalling 4,321 miles each year or 257,355 miles, covering enough tarmac to drive to the Moon and beyond.

The study was carried out by the British Lung Foundation to highlight the high levels of toxic fumes drivers are exposed to when sitting in traffic.

A total of 2,000 drivers were quizzed and it was also discovered that just two per cent currently drive a hybrid or electric vehicle, while a conscientious 43 per cent would consider replacing their petrol car with a greener alternative in the future.

Eighty two per cent were ‘concerned’ about the effect pollution could have on their health.

Of the smokers who took part in the study, conducted by market researchers OnePoll, 26 per cent said they still smoke in the car when there are other people riding with them, and 31 per cent smoke when they are driving alone.

Seventy five per cent of those polled agreed banning smoking in vehicles was a wise decision.

Thirty one per cent of respondents advocate the use of diesel fuel in vehicles, while 22 per cent think it should be banned due to its effects on the environment and our health.

A lifetime of driving – in numbers

Time in our cars: 1,080.3 days
Miles travelled: 257,355,66 miles
Time spent stationary: 48.5 days
Arguments: 51
Meals: 60
Spilt drinks: 14
Maps read: 52
Hands-free calls: 84
Kisses: 81
Times cried: 33
Stalled it: 64
Road rage: 81
Turned without indicating: 84
Bumpers bumped: 12
Curbs bumped: 66
Games played: 39
Parked on wrong side of petrol pump: 30
Daydreams: 122
Near accidents: 38
Sing-alongs: 112
Potholes: 150
Puddles splashed: 95
Important decisions made: 36
Air fresheners: 70
Animals hit: 6
Speed limits broken: 146
Red lights run: 20
Double yellows parked on: 27

A spokeswoman for the British Lung Foundation said: “As a nation we spend so much time in our cars, so It is important to think carefully about the damage we are doing to our lungs.

“We are breathing in toxic fumes when we’re driving or running the engine, and many drivers are not aware of this.

“Winding your windows up does not block air pollution from getting into your car. A driver can actually breathe in higher amounts of dirty air than a cyclist on the same road.

“You may be driving a cleaner car but can still be collecting toxic gases from the vehicles around you via the large air vents sucking up air from the exhaust in front while you’re stuck in traffic.’

“If more drivers were aware of the damage they were doing to their lung health when they step into a car, maybe they would try to reduce the time they spend on the road.”


About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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