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Traffic-beating PTW cuts commuting time and stress

The average British commuter will spend in excess of £48,000 and more than one year of their lives travelling to work over a 47-year career, with 68% driving, 11% taking the train, and 8% making their journeys on two wheels.

The research also reveals that commuting on two wheels is the least stressful way to get to work. Asked which methods of commuting they thought were the most stressful, respondents voted the car at 41%, bus at 37%, train at 35%, metro/underground 26%, bicycle 8% and motorcycle 6%.

The statistics are revealed in a study of 2000 commuters in the UK commissioned by motorcycle insurance specialist Lexham Insurance.  Sales and marketing director Andy Goodson said: “While many commuters think their journeys to and from work are barely worth considering, the amount of time we spend on them shows we should give them a bit more thought.

“With an average commute time of almost an hour a day, for many Brits this is wasted time as they’re stuck behind the wheel in traffic.

“Some of the happiest respondents in our survey were ones who were able to walk to work – giving themselves the shortest commute possible.”

Brits commute an average of seven miles to work and back each day, which tallies up to an incredible 171,080 miles over their working life – enough to circle the globe more than six times each.

Nearly half of respondents admitted to being late at least once a week, arriving an average of 10 minutes behind schedule each time.

The most common cause was bad traffic, followed by a lack of sleep leading to too many taps of the snooze button.

Sixty two per cent of commuters said that if their trip to work was particularly stressful or annoying, it made the rest of their day worse, and an unlucky 30% of train travellers said they had had their face stuck up next to someone’s stinky armpit more than once.

Goodson said: “One of the best ways to make your commute happier is to cut down how long it is. Motorbikes and scooters are a convenient way to bring down your commuting time, as they can beat traffic so easily.

“Nobody wants to have their day made any more stressful than it needs to be – and sitting in traffic, other commuters’ personal hygiene and constantly late trains definitely don’t help.”

A LIFETIME OF COMMUTING IN NUMBERS

Distance travelled: 171,080 miles
Amount spent: £48,708.92
Time spent: 10,998 hours
Days late to work: 1906
Newspapers read: 2248
Coffees bought: 1759
Games played on phone: 2077
Social events planned: 1710
Albums listened to: 3617
Bananas eaten: 977

www.lexhaminsurance.co.uk

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