Commuters are being forced to leave home 13 minutes earlier just to allow for traffic jams

 

According to a new report, traffic jams on UK roads are costing commuters over 55 hours a sleep in a year, meaning road users are being forced to leave home 13 minutes earlier than they have to every day just to allow for the possibility of getting stuck in a traffic jam.

These figures suggest that commuters are losing out on an extra one hour and five minutes sleep each week, which equates to more than 55 hours in bed per year!

Yet despite motorists fitting this ‘traffic jam allowance’ into their daily commute, 40% said they’d still turned up late for work during the past six months because of getting stuck in a traffic jam, whereas 18% said they’d been late arriving at a family get-together.

Commuters are being forced to leave home 13 minutes earlier just to allow for traffic jams

New report suggests traffic jams are costing road users more than 55 hours of sleep in a year! © Copyright Alex McGregor and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 

According to research commissioned by the Go-Ahead Group, 4% said they’d even turned up late for a job interview because of traffic jams on UK roads.

Traffic congestion is reportedly getting worse according to official figures – delays on ‘A’ roads have increased by more than 10% since 2014.

In 2017, the Centre for Economics and Business Research predicted that congestion would cost the UK economy over £300 billion by 2030.

“This study shows the true impact traffic jams have on people’s lives,” said Martin Dean of the Go-Ahead Group.

 

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