By Denna Bowman
A survey by Continental tyres has revealed that 14 per cent of UK commuters car-share.
According to the study carried out for the tyres manufacturer, the environmental impact of motoring is the fourth most important consideration when commuters plan their journey to work.
The biggest concern that prompted people to find an alternative was the volume of traffic and the lack of available parking.
Half of all Brits say they will leave their car at home if fuel costs rise further, however 45 per cent of those using public transport now would switch to their car if petrol prices drop.
Tim Bailey, head of safety at Continental tyres, said: “What is clear is that people still appreciate the freedom and flexibility of driving and that sets a challenge and an opportunity for manufacturers.
“Three-quarters of us want more fuel efficient cars and nearly half would consider buying a hybrid motor.
“Car makers have invested considerable time and effort into technologies for bio-diesel engines and electric powered vehicles and as a result these are becoming a more popular consideration.
“Continental is also making significant investment in fuel efficient tyres for cars and is now developing new designs specifically for electric vehicles”.
The study of 2,000 motorists for established the routine and habits of commuters as well as their preferences.
It revealed that commuters will spend 58 working weeks – more than a year of their lives – sitting in traffic as part of their daily journey to work.
The survey also claimed that just over half, 51 per cent, of the respondents identified negative ways in which their commute affected their performance at work citing issues like feeling stressed and lacking energy due to delays.