RECORD numbers of women are having lunch on petrol station forecourts after filling up their cars with fuel, new research reveals.
The average time each woman spends parked next to the petrol pump after refuelling has risen from 45 minutes last year to an hour.
The only group staying longer are pensioner couples, who have just voted the petrol station their favourite picnic destination for the fifth year in a row, according to Saga magazine.
Nikki Hollis, 26, said she liked to lunch at her local petrol station because she could park without having to do any reversing and it sold three different sizes of Dairy Milk.
She said: “You can flick through a Heat magazine while you are eating, down a glass or two of Zinfandel, and there's still plenty of time to touch up your make-up in the rear view mirror.
“And if you forget something, it's okay, because the shop is right there.”
Elderly driver David Jackers said he discovered the joys of sitting at the petrol pumps after waiting an hour for his wife Enid to come back from the toilet and a browse in the shop.
He added: “They are lovely spots even if they do get a bit busy sometimes.
“But everyone is so friendly, they honk their horns at us and wave, and at our age the toilets are a godsend.”
Tom Logan, 43, a photocopier salesman from Dundee, said: “What are you waiting for? What THE FUCK are you waiting for?”
He added: “Move. Move. Move. MOVE! FUCKING. MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!”