Half term for schoolchildren means quicker journey times for motorists


It’s half term for most schoolchildren this week and according to reports, drivers in the UK will save around 25 minutes on their commute to work which could mean an extra 5 minutes or more in bed and a less stressful journey too.

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Drivers in the UK will benefit from a 25 minute quicker journey time this week thanks to half term. © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

More than half of drivers in the UK will benefit from a 5 minute or more quicker journey time thanks to half term, as the roads will be free from parents doing the school run and no school buses for a whole week.

Overall, commuters in the UK could possibly save a collective 1,365 years of driving time in just one week when schools are closed.

It’s believed that an estimated 22 million motorists drive to work on a daily basis and thanks to schools being closed this week, more than half of commuters on the roads during half term will benefit from quieter roads and quicker journey times.

These figures are based around a poll which quizzed 500 motorists, with 53% claiming they noticed a serious improvement in journey times when schools close their gates for a holiday.

Around 12% of those taking part said they noticed a five-minute improvement, whilst 14% believed it was probably more like 10 minutes faster. At least half of the respondents said they would save around 20 minutes or more on their morning drive to work.


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