This is a sensitive subject and a time-old question: Are men or women better drivers? Well, when it comes to who gets lost more often, researchers have settled the debate once and for all: Men get lost more than women. In fact, according to ABC News, a man who’s lost driving around in circles will travel 8-percent farther than a lost woman and will drive 276 miles a year. That’s the equivalent of driving from Cincinnati to Nashville. So, why do men get lost more than women?
First – let’s face it, men don’t like to ask for directions. A recent study found that 1 out of 4 men wait half an hour or more before breaking down and asking for directions. But 1 in 10 men flat-out refuse to ask for directions and would rather drive around aimlessly. On the flip side, 3 out of 4 women ask for directions. And half of them do it the second they realize they’re lost.
Another fact: When men do ask for directions, they don’t follow them. Researchers say nearly half of men don’t trust the directions they’re given. So they ignore them and go their own way.
Lead researcher Jacky Brown says that men are blindly confident when they’re on the road. And they don’t want to admit they need help. It goes back to caveman times when a man’s role was always the “hunter.” So, they think it’s a sign of weakness to pull over at a gas station and ask “where’s the closest highway?”
But whether you’re a man or woman, consider this not asking for directions costs you more. Driving in circles costs you more than $3,000 in wasted gas in your lifetime.