By Denna Bowman
Commuters will waste more than a year of their lives stuck in traffic jams, according to a new study by a leading tyres manufacturer.
Continental Tyres claims that the 18 million workers who commute by car will spend 58 working weeks sitting in traffic on their daily journey – which adds up to more than 100 million lost working days every year.
The study of 2,000 motorists concluded that the average daily commute covered 28 miles and took 41 minutes, with 12 minutes lost every day in jams and delays.
Tim Bailey, head of safety at Continental Tyres, said: “People are clearly concerned about congestion and rising fuel costs, but using the car remains the preferred option for most.
“With 63 per cent of workers using their car on at least four of five days in the working week, planners and government need to recognise that the morning and evening rush-hour is going to be a feature of life in Britain for some time to come.
“For individuals it means frustration but for the economy as a whole it means lost productivity and increased emissions, so it remains a key issue to tackle.”