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Study debunks driving myths

A new study of California drivers debunks an age-old myth about men asking for directions. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has the details.

A new study of California drivers debunks an age-old myth about men asking for directions. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has the details.

The Automobile Club of Southern California conducted a study about driving habits, just ahead of the busy holiday driving season. Auto Club spokeswoman Marie Montgomery says the most surprising finding: men ask for directions as often as women do.

Montgomery: "The theory behind this myth that men don't ask for directions is probably caused by the fact that the vast majority of time when men and women are in the car driving together, the man is driving."

Men do the driving 78 percent of the time when couples drive together.
The study also found that when the sexes do travel together, men are as likely to get lost as women.

The Auto Club says the best way to avoid getting lost in the first place, is to plan the route ahead of time, and bring a paper map, just in case those plans change. Beth Ford Roth, KPBS news.