‘Unprecedented’ UK traffic volumes cause 49% of motorists to consider changing jobs
As traffic volumes on UK roads continue to rise at “unprecedented rates” 49% of motorists have considered changing their job to avoid it.
According to new research by Goodyear Tyres UK, the stress of getting stuck in traffic has a “profound impact on Brits’ wellbeing” with 4% admitting to breaking down in tears.
Of the 2,000 motorists asked (250 of which drive for business purposes), 40% would consider moving to a rural area or the suburbs to get away from city traffic.
Traffic jams caused 58% to be late for work and 9% say that congestion has caused them to be “the most stressed they have ever been in their lives”.
It can also provoke an angry response with 37% claiming they have sworn and 15% admitting to making rude hand gestures out the window.
However, 28% say they use the time to sing in-car karaoke, 24% talk to friends and family via handsfree and 17% plan their meals for the week during a traffic jam.
Goodyear Tyres’ communication manager Kate Rock said: “With autonomous vehicles promising a future where passengers are free to maximise their travel time, it’s no surprise that Brits are willing to give up what can be a hectic city life in favour of a more relaxed commute.
“The incentives to live in the suburbs look set to increase and could have a significant impact on the make-up of our cities of the future.
“Our research reveals that almost one-in-five motorists believe the main benefit of using a driverless car would be the convenience of not having to park.
“Inadequate parking wastes a fifth of car spaces, so we could end up seeing cities with more parking space, relaxed commuters and as a result, greater levels of wellbeing, simply by taking the stress of parking and commuting away from drivers.”