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100 million working days a year lost to Jams  22/04/2015

According to research from tyre giant Continental, drivers in the UK waste over 100 million working days a year sitting in traffic jams commuting to and from work, with a whole range of traffic jams, road works and general congestion blamed for the delays.

According to Continental, that adds up to each person spending 58 working weeks of their lives sat in non moving traffic, the equivalent of over a year.

Research has shown that over 18million workers use their car to commute to work, with a variety of different distances covered.

On average drivers will cover 28miles on their typical round trip journey to work, a trip which takes 41 minutes. Of those 41 minutes, 12 minutes are lost each day as a result of traffic delays. Continental then worked out that even after taking into consideration peoples holidays, sick days and bank holidays that they were still wasting over a year of their life waiting around in traffic jams.

Continental tyres carried out a survey of over 2,000 drivers in the UK, looking into their commuting habits and routines. Head of Safety of the firm, Tim Bailey explained, People are clearly concerned about congestion and rising fuel costs, but using the car remains the preferred option for most.

�With 63% 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.

Despite the rise in petrol prices, only 14% of those asked car share when commuting to their place of work, a number which the government is keen to increase to reduce pollution and congestion on the roads.

Amazingly, 45% of those who currently use public transport because of the cost of driving revealed that they will switch back to using their car if petrol prices were to fall. Those questioned revealed that their biggest concerns when deciding how to get to work were parking and traffic, with their environmental impact only fourth.