Stuck In Traffic For A Year?

Mon 9th May 2022

The dreaded traffic jam can often make the journey to work seem like an eternity, but new research has revealed just how long we actually spend in traffic.

A survey of some 2,000 motorists found that we spend almost three hours a week stuck in traffic, a fifth of our journey time, and all that waiting around in our car adds up to one year of our adult life in a jam.

Road congestion is such a problem in the UK that of those polled 56 per cent actually avoid driving altogether to avoid it. The research has been put together by the team behind a smartphone app, FREE NOW, which provides a map of alternative transport routers around major cities, including e-scooters and e-bikes.

Some of the measures drivers take to avoid a traffic jam include starting your journey earlier, planning a different route and with flexible working now more readily available, many of us travel to work with the intention of avoid peak traffic.

The survey found that on average we are likely to set off 26 minutes earlier to avoid traffic, but even then 36 per cent of us have been late for work because of traffic, while almost a quarter of us have missed the start of a social event.

“Driving your car in standstill traffic is inconvenient to say the least, not to mention stress-inducing,” said Mariusz Zabrocki from FREE NOW.

“So, it’s no surprise that city-dwellers are seeking swift alternatives to get from A-to-B.

“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 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.”