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A new piece of research from Car Parts 4 Less has revealed that British workers are spending 8,084 hours commuting each year. They took a look at what modes of transport were the worst offenders and compared answers from various cities.

51% of Brits said that they spend an hour or more each day travelling to work. 10% said they were paying between £90 and £100 a month just to travel.

On top of the commute there’s also waiting times, either in traffic or for public transport. More than a third of Brits said that they spend another 15 minutes waiting for public transport or delays or sitting in traffic. 21% said that they’re waiting from 30 to 45 minutes a day.

The shortest commutes

The survey revealed that those who travel by car have the shortest commuting time. 21% said that they spend less than 15 minutes a day. 21% said that they spend less than half an hour and 25% said that they spend an hour or more.

People who commute in their own cars also end up paying less for their travel. 20% said that they pay £10 to £20 a month on petrol. 54% said that they thought this was an acceptable amount for their journey lengths. They also seem to be happier with their commute than people who travel by public transport. Those who travel by car rated their happiness eight out of ten on average. People who use trains and buses rated theirs seven out of ten.

Commuting in London

With property prices in London, commuting is a necessity. People travelling in London were more likely to say that they “pay far too much” for their commute when compared to other cities. 23% said they agreed with this whereas the figure was only 18% in Manchester and 13% for Birmingham.

One of the reasons for this could be because they spend longer commuting. Londoners spend around 70 minutes a day commuting. In Leeds it’s 62 minutes and in Manchester it’s 54.

Make use of commuting time

“The amount of time people spend commuting is hard to believe,” a spokesperson for Car Parts 4 Less said. “No one wants to spend their day crammed together on public transport like sardines in a tin, particularly not early in the morning – and definitely not for over an hour each day.

“While there is no denying that in some cities, such as London, driving might not be practical, our research shows that anyone who can switch their commute up will probably see their day shorten dramatically. Car shares are a great option for those who don’t own their own car, and is much more environmentally friendly than driving solo. Just try and find someone with the same taste in music as you!”

Another idea to make the most of the morning commute is to cycle and improve your health at the same time. Or if you travel by public transport use the time wisely by reading, catching up on work, listening to podcasts or learn a new skill on the go. This way the time you spend commuting will feel less of a waste and more productive.


How long do you spend on your commute? How do you feel about the time and cost? Let us know what you think.


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Kara Copple

An experienced business and finance writer, sometimes moonlighting as a fiction writer and blogger.

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