Research suggests that 10 days a year are lost due to sitting in rush hour traffic and congestion on a daily commute.
After looking at 13 cities across the UK, the study analysed the travel time of various routes into the centres of major cities for a 9am arrival on a Monday. One of the busiest times to be driving.
The data was then compared to the same journey to the same destination with an arrival time of 9am on Sunday, when the roads are the quietest. A central landmark in each city was given as the final destination.
London was reported to the worst city for jams, with a number of commuters spending three times longer in the car during rush hour, in comparison to travelling on a quieter Sunday morning.
This equates to an average of 53 minutes more time in the car in a single journey, which is a shocking 398 hours each year, or 17 days.
The research, compiled by Admiral insurance, also delved deeper into the specific journeys, highlighting that commuters travelling from Dartford to Trafalgar Square in London on a Monday morning faced the longest journey times.
Those people who dare to make the 19 mile trip could end up spending up to 130 minutes in the car, adding an extra 90 minutes on a single journey. This ends up at 28 days over the course of a working year.
Admiral’s motor product manager Jo Cox had this to say: “The figures do bring home the potential time that could be saved if you travel outside of peak times.
“If at all possible, consider starting your journey and working day earlier or later. It could mean your time is spent a lot more productively.”
The research showed Manchester is the second most congested city in the UK, where drivers expect to spend an average of 45 extra minutes per journey in the car during rush hour.
Third was Bristol, followed by Glasgow and Birmingham. Leeds is the city where congestion affects drivers the least – adding an average of 28 minutes on a journey but still doubling the time needed for drivers to get to their desired destination.
Source: ADI News
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