You know how babies always seem to fall asleep in the car? Well, it doesn't take long for new parents to figure that trick out . . . a lot of them end up driving around the block until their crying infant finally falls asleep.
--According to a study by a chain of British baby stores called Mothercare, the average new parent drives 1,300 miles a year trying to get their baby to go to sleep.
--That sounds like a lot, but it averages out to about 25 miles a week.
--Assuming they drive a minivan, which averages 17 miles per gallon, new parents are spending about $275 a year on gas just to put their baby to bed.
--New dads are the ones who are sent out to drive the baby around most often. The average new dad puts in about 2,000 miles a year. The average new mom drives about 860.