Workers still prefer the freedom and flexibility of getting to the office by car, a new poll has found, even if it means spending over a year of their lives stuck in commuter traffic daily.
Why motorists are willing to get stuck in commuter traffic?
The car has a number of excellent qualities that make it a popular choice for getting to work for many of us; you can come and go when you like, you don't have to cram yourself into a carriage full of other commuters with nowhere to sit and there are no line closures or signal failures to worry about.
But a new study by Continental Tyres has found that the average UK motorist will spend 58 working weeks stuck in communter traffic while on the way to and from work throughout their lifetime.
According to the tyre maker, the average distance of a round trip from home to the office is 28 miles, which takes around 41 minutes to complete. But some 12 minutes of this is spent in traffic jams and delays.
As well as not being much fun for drivers, these delays add up to over 100 million lost working days every year once all 18 million people who get to work by car are taken into account.
Tim Bailey, head of safety at Continental Tyres said that, with the evidence suggesting many of us are unlikely to give up our cars when it comes to getting to work, transport planners and car makers should focus their attention on improving infrastructure to ease congestion and making vehicles more energy efficient. From these studies, commuter traffic will not get better unless drastic measure for change is in place now.
"With 63 per cent of workers using their car on at least four of five days in the working week, planners and government need to recognise that the morning and evening rush-hour is going to be a feature of life in Britain for some time to come," he commented.
Meanwhile, all that time spent idling and stop-starting in traffic jams can cause wear and tear for gearbox parts and car engines.