posted 5 years ago

RAC Confirms Cars Dominate Commute To Work

RAC Car And The Commute Report

The RAC has confirmed that the majority of people in England and Wales commute to work by car or van (sorry train spotters). As such, its “Car and the Commute” report has revealed that - of the 26.5 million workers aged 16-74 - 57.5% favour such a vehicle and give a further 5.1% a lift. The third most popular option is walking (10.7%) followed by: bus, minibus or coach (7.3%), train (5.2%), underground, metro, light rail or tram (3.9%), bike (2.9%), motorcycle, scooter, moped (0.8%) and taxi (0.5%). The rest predominantly work from home or travel via an unspecified means such as helicopter, rocket pants or spaceship. Now, it would be fair to assume that a higher percentage of the workers that live in rural areas commute by car compared to their urban counterparts that have better public transport. That is true - but the gap is small. As such, 68.7% of rural workers drive their car and 4.7% catch a lift. In comparison - excluding the capital city – the urban figures are 61.1% and 6%, respectively. Even in London that has traffic problems and a congestion charge, 28% of workers use their car and offer 1.7% a lift. Sorry train spotters.

The Increasing Cost Of Motoring

These statistics confirm the public's love of cars even though the cost of motoring has risen significantly in recent years. As such, the RAC Report has revealed that between October 2003 and October 2013 the price of fuel/motor oil rose by 75.5%. This far exceeded the overall cost of living rise as measured by the Retail Price Index (38%). Furthermore, the cost of insurance and maintenance increased beyond the rate of inflation. So, why do motorists absorb these costs rather than switching to the cheaper alternatives? Because most people of working age live busy, stressful, lives so choose convenient transport over cheap transport. What other vehicle, after all, can sit outside its owner's house then be taken to any destination at any time of day or night? The alternative might be walking to a bus stop, devising a plan that fits with the service provider's timetable, being dropped off miles from the destination and having to carry any luggage. Furthermore, a car/van shields its owner from other commuters that can be a pain in the neck. Travelling to work by car might be expensive - but it will remain popular until there is a cheaper alternative which matches it for convenience. Sorry train spotters.