Brits will spend the equivalent of ONE YEAR of their adult life stuck in traffic, according to research
A poll of 2,000 adults revealed road users end up stuck in congestion during a fifth of their journeys, for an average of nearly three hours a week.
As a result, 56 per cent avoid driving altogether.
Leaving earlier than needed, planning a specific route and making plans at ‘off peak’ times are the top ways road users try to avoid the dreaded congestion.
While those who leave early will set off an average of 26 minutes in advance to miss traffic.
Despite this, 36 per cent have been late for work because of traffic, while 23 per cent have been delayed for a social event.
And 34 per cent even get envious when bikes or scooters whizz by when they are bumper to bumper.
But it’s not just logistical gripes that are concerning road users with 52 per cent also worried about congestion’s impact on the environment.
To combat these concerns, 35 per cent have turned to alternative means of transport, such as e-scooters and e-bikes, to travel around their towns or cities.
Multi-mobility app, FREE NOW [https://www.free-now.com/uk/], commissioned the research to highlight the impact congestion has on daily lives, as well as the alternatives consumers are now embracing to get around towns and cities.
Mariusz Zabrocki from FREE NOW said: “Driving your car in standstill traffic is inconvenient to say the least, not to mention stress-inducing.
“So, it’s no surprise that city-dwellers are seeking swift alternatives to get from A-to-B.”
The study also found 42 per cent would consider incorporating e-scooters and e-bikes into a longer commute when combined with local bus services and train journeys.
With reaching their destination quicker (56 per cent), doing more for the environment (52 per cent) and avoiding sitting in traffic (27 per cent) ranked as the top benefits for riding an e-bike or e-scooter.
Mariusz Zabrocki added: “We led the way in offering our customers eco-friendly alternatives when we became the first app to offer electric taxis and private hire vehicles as standard, which move through cities with their bus lane access and unique knowledge of roads and routes.
“So, we’re proud to be building on that by expanding to include e-bikes and e-scooters, enabling Brits move around in a smooth and sustainable way, helping to reduce congestion as a result.
“Looking at the bigger picture, a recent report [https://www.itf-oecd.org/itf-work-shared-mobility] found 90 per cent fewer private vehicles are needed in a purely shared mobility city, so we’re doing all we can to transform urban mobility without adding more cars to the streets.”