When looking to buy a new car most people keep in mind that the majority of the time they will be using it is for when they are commuting to work, which is why they choose a car that is comfortable, reliable and fuel efficient. Commuting to and from work can take up a large portion of a person’s day, and now it has been revealed that even more people are starting to commute for up to three hours per day.
According to a survey commissioned by the recruitment agency Randstad the amount of people who travel for ninety minutes each day to and from work has increased by a massive fifty per cent, with accountants being more likely to travel for longer periods of time than anyone else. Discussing the results of the survey, the UK chief executive of Randstad, Mark Bull, said: “The central tenet of the commuting life is that you travel away from the workplace. You do this until you reach an area where you can afford to buy a house that meets your standards. In this equation you’re essentially trading miles for square feet.”
“Three hours is no longer extraordinary. Commuters travel across counties the way that they used to travel across neighbourhoods.” The survey also revealed that nearly half of all work related journeys are done by car, with only one in ten people taking the train and one in forty commuting to work by bicycle. This shows how important it is for car manufacturers to invest their time in producing vehicles that are not only reliable but also cheap to run, especially when it comes to car insurance and road tax as most commuters are using vast amounts of petrol each and every week just to get to work.
However, even though the report has shown that more people are spending longer travelling to work, the average figures are still around the same as when the survey was conducted back in 2008. For example, the average daily commute currently is 41 minutes per day, while back in 2008 it was almost exactly the same at 42 minutes. The report notes this, however goes on to say that ‘the fact commuting times have remained broadly the same suggests commuters are managing their commutes and using slower – possibly cheaper – modes of transport than they were before the downturn.’