Home » Automotive » BRITAIN’S CONGESTED ROADS: ALMOST ONE IN FIVE DRIVERS WILL SPEND OVER A YEAR OF THEIR LIVES IN TRAFFIC JAMS
• 17% of British motorists spend at least three hours in snarl-ups every week – that’s 156 hours a year

• As a whole, UK drivers spend 38.25 million hours a week in traffic jams – that’s more than 1.98 billion hours a year

London – 7 October, 2016 – Almostone in five British motorists will have spent an estimated 14 months stuck in traffic jams during their lifetimes,according to a new poll for AA Tyres, the AA’s mobile tyre fitting service.

That’s enough time to backpack around the world, complete a Masters degree or even get to near proficiency level in Mandarin.

An AA-Populus poll canvassed 20,845 AA members on how many hours a week on average they estimate to spend in traffic jams. Some 17% of drivers reported spending at least three hours in snarl-ups every week – a total of 156 hours a year.

The survey also revealed more than half of UK motorists (55%) were caught in jams for at least half an hour a week with a further 22% suffering an hour and half at a standstill.

As a whole, UK drivers spend 38.25 million hours a week in traffic jams – more than 1.98 billion hours a year.

REGIONAL DIFFERENCES

In London, more than a quarter (27%) of respondents estimated they got caught up on congested roads for at least three hours a week, compared to Scotland (11%) and Wales (13%). And one in ten Londoners said they spend at least an hour a day in traffic jams.

Mark Shankland, Managing Director of AA Tyres, comments: “We’ve all been stuck in a traffic jam, often when we’ve been desperate to get somewhere, such as catching a flight or rushing to get home after a hard day in the office.

“But it’s not just your temper that may wear thin if you’re accelerating and braking in a short space of time. Excessive and persistent braking could rapidly increase tyre wear, particularly in extremes of heat or cold.

“If you find that you are braking frequently and heavily, whether in a stop-start motorway traffic jam, or in highly congested urban areas, then it’s worth checking your tyres more regularly for signs of wear and tear. Tyres in poor condition could seriously compromise the performance and safety of your vehicle.”

Notes:

Methodology:

Populus interviewed 20,845 AA members on the AA-Populus online panel between 14th and 17th August 2016. Populus is a founder member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

Life expectancy for average UK resident is 80.95 years – data source is the ONS with midpoint taken from male and female newborns.

Calculation for how many days spent in traffic jams during the average lifetime:

17% of drivers spend 156 hours a year in traffic jams.

80.95 (Average life expectancy) minus 17 (age first allowed to drive) =63.95 years X 156 (hours stuck in jams per year)=9976.2 hours /24 (hours in a day)=415.675 days

Total time in traffic jams= 1 yr and 50.675 days (or almost 14 months)

Average number of drivers in UK is 30,000,000 – data source is DVLA

The following table shows the number of hours respondents to the AA Populus survey said they were stuck in traffic jams:

Number of hours in traffic jams

% Respondents

Total UK drivers

Total hours spend in traffic jams every week

0.5

55

30,000,000

8250000

1.5

22

30,000,000

9900000

2.5

0.08

30,000,000

6000000

3.5

0.03

30,000,000

3150000

4.5

0.02

30,000,000

2700000

5.5

0.02

30,000,000

3300000

6.5

0.01

30,000,000

1950000

7.5

 

30,000,000

0

8.5

 

30,000,000

0

9.5

 

30,000,000

0

10

0.01

30,000,000

3000000

       

Total

   

38250000

Source: AA Populus online poll

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David Keevill, Rhizome Media
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