Brits Spend One Year of their Life Stuck in Traffic

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Recent research has revealed that the average Brit will spend the equivalent of twelve months of their adult life stuck in traffic.

A poll, commissioned by multi-mobility app Free Now, of 2,000 adults reported that motorists end up in congestion during 20% of their journeys – an average of three hours per week.

As a result, many road users leave earlier than needed or plan a specific route at ‘off peak’ times to avoid the traffic. Despite planning ahead, 36% have arrived late for work because of traffic, and 23% have been delayed for a social event.

It’s not just the time spent in jams that concerns road users, with 52% also worried about congestion’s impact on the environment. In a bid to combat these concerns, 35% of those polled have tried alternative means of local transport, such as e-scooters and e-bikes.

The study also found that 42% would consider incorporating e-scooters and e-bikes into a longer commute when combined with local bus services and train journeys.

The research highlights the impact congestion has on our daily lives, as well as the alternatives consumers are now embracing to get around faster.

Mariusz Zabrocki, a spokesperson 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.

“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 to 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% 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.”