Commuting is a funny old game. It can be the most stressful, demoralising waste of time and energy imaginable. Unless of course you can swap your usual mode of transport for a scooter.
Specialist scooter insurance company, Lexham Insurance, have recently commissioned a study to find out just how much time and money the daily commute wastes. The results will probably surprise you, but will they make you reconsider how you travel?
£48,000 on coffee
According to the study of 2,000 Brits, the average British commuter will waste over a year of their lives commuting and will spend over £48,000 just to get to work, a third of that cost is spent on morning coffee and snacks.
68% sit in a car
The majority of commuters (68%) drive to work, 11% take the train and just 8% make their journey on two wheels (despite it being the most time and cost effective way to commute).
According to the study, taking a car to work was voted as the most stressful way to travel, followed by the bus, the train and Metro or Underground systems.
Riding a scooter/motorbike was one of the lowest scoring in terms of stress, alongside walking and riding a bicycle.
Six times around the world
Brits commute an average of seven miles to work and back each day, which tallies up to an incredible 171,080 miles over their working life – enough to circle the globe more than six times each.
Nearly half of respondents admitted to being late at least once a week, arriving an average of 10 minutes behind schedule each time. The most common cause was bad traffic, followed by a lack of sleep leading to too many taps of the snooze button.
62% of commuters said that if their trip to work is particularly stressful or annoying, it makes the rest of their day worse. We all know a good ride to work is more likely to leave you buzzing rather than angry.
An unlucky 30% of train travellers have had their face stuck up next to someone’s stinky armpit more than once.
Read ’em and weep
Over the course of their working life, the average commuter will read 67 books, 2248 newspapers and listen to 3617 albums. Hopefully lots of those will also be catching up on SLUK during their laborious journey.
They’ll also send 1710 work emails, and play 2077 games on their phones. That’s a lot of unpaid overtime for most workers.
Those average commuters will eat 977 bananas on his or her journey, be careful you don’t slip as you get off the overcrowded train…
Who are Lexham?
Scooter riding Andy Goodson, is the Sales and Marketing Director for motorcycle insurance specialists Lexham Insurance, who commissioned the research. He said: “While many commuters think their journeys to and from work are barely worth considering, the amount of time we spend on them shows we should give them a bit more thought.
“With an average commute time of almost an hour a day, for many Brits this is wasted time as they’re stuck behind the wheel in traffic.”
Andy also said: “One of the best ways to make your commute happier is to cut down how long it is. Motorbikes and scooters are a convenient way to bring down your commuting time, as they can beat traffic so easily.
“Nobody wants to have their day made any more stressful than it needs to be – and sitting in traffic, other commuters’ personal hygiene and constant late trains definitely don’t help.”