Traffic is the bane of many people’s commutes to and from work, but how much time do we actually spend each year in stuck in traffic?
The answer; 30 hours each year.
In fact, it could be more than this dependant on where you live in the UK. London for example, spend around 82 hours stuck in traffic each year, even with the congestion charge. This shows a rise of 10 hours since 2012.
A recent report, created by the traffic information firm Inrix, shows that London, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and South Nottinghamshire are among the top places affected by traffic. These statistics are all above the UK national average too, which is staggering.
If you live in South Yorkshire or North Somerset though, you still have to sit in traffic but not as much as the national average – every silver lining!
Traffic jams are a real problem across the UK, more specifically London, and this looks to continue rising too with the population of the UK likely to grow over the next decade. Recycling Monkey, a car recycling specialist covering the whole of the UK, have said that they are witnessing a growth in the amount of people getting rid of their cars because of this traffic headache.
They said: “With the population of the UK growing, that means more cars and more traffic. Drivers are looking to share lifts, get public transport and cycle because they are fed up with the daily commute.”
The traffic isn’t the only problem affecting many drivers in the UK, the cost of driving is on the increase too. With fuel prices at a premium, insurance costs rising and general maintenance a cause for concern, many drivers are spending too much on their vehicles.
This month sees the turn on the new registration plate and is usually a time for drivers to invest in a new car. Similarly to last year, we could see a huge growth in the sale of new cars, and this could see many people getting rid of their older models for a more economical car to combat the high price of driving costs.
So, if like many of the UK, you are struggling to keep up with the rising running costs of your car and are fed up with the headaches caused by traffic, it could be time you get rid!