Driving to work is a fact of life for millions of us up and down the country. 36% of the UK population commute by car, with the average motorist travelling 31.3 miles to and from work every day. But do we actually enjoy the daily drive? And would we be willing to give it up if there was an alternative?
To find out, we’ve been speaking to drivers from across the UK about their commuting habits, quizzing them on everything from the reasons why they drive, to the biggest concerns they have about using their car every day.
Take a look at what our survey revealed below – we think you’ll be surprised by some of the results.
Why Do So Many of Us Commute by Car?
Traffic jams, speed cameras, road rage – just a handful of what drivers put up with on their way to work. Add to that the growing environmental concerns of pollution, and it makes you wonder why any of us still choose to commute by car each day rather than using public transport.
When asked why they commute, almost half (46%) of those surveyed said it’s because they have no other way of getting to work. Another fifth said it helps them save time in a morning, while 10% said it’s because they enjoy it.
What’s clear is that the government has a long way to go if it wants to see more people using public transport as opposed to cars. With a half saying driving is the only way to get to work, there are clear shortcomings in the number of viable public transport services available, as well as a general unwillingness to swap the convenience of a car for the potential unreliability of a bus or train.