Asking for Directions Helps Save $3,000/Year
Yet, until now, we haven't come across a study telling us how much money is wasted as a result of some people's stubbornness not to ask for directions as they keep going the obviously wrong way. Fortunately, thanks to insurance company Sheilas' Wheels, these numbers are in as well.
According to the research conducted on 1,000 motorists, the results are quite impressive: on average, a man loses $3,000 (EUR2,360) each year as he hopelessly burns fuel trying to find his way and not asking for directions.
"Lost miles can add up and become costly so if you're looking to save on petrol and the pennies, we suggest you plan and prepare your route well in advance," Jacky Brown from Sheilas' Wheels was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
We say men lose that much money because it is them who don't care too much to ask for directions. 25 percent of those questioned liked more to drive around for at least a half of hour before asking for help, while 10 percent never did, despite their obvious loss of orientation. Those who do ask for directions in the end, tend not to trust the indications and do not follow them.
At the opposite end, women are more likely to ask for directions as soon as they get lost and have no problem in trusting what the stranger tells them.