Has the car become a mobile home?
3 April, 09 by fionacoyne
As we become increasingly mobile through having to travel further a field for work and finding that friends and family are more and more dispersed, it comes as no suprise that 1 in 10 motorists are now spending more time in their cars than at home.
The survey of 3000 people conducted by Admiral car insurance made this discovery and in addition revealed some interesting differences in the amount of time people spend in their cars by region.
London came out on top as the place where more people spend more of their time behind the wheel than on their sofa- 1 in 5, whereas just 1 in 25 people in Wales find themselves in this situation.
When it came to looking at differences between the sexes, men were found to be a staggering 3 times more likely to spend more time on the road to women, and this comes in spite of a growth in women drivers.
The Admiral survey also looked into the social element of driving, by asking respondents whether they preffered to drive alone or with a passenger. In this instance it was the Scots who preffered the solo driving experience most (67%) and drivers in Northern Ireland who favoured some company getting from a to b.
The DfT’s 2008 Regional Transport Statistics also indicate that Londoners like to drive alone as the difference in the number of trips made as the car driver as opposed to car passenger was largest in London, suggesting that when the car is used, having a passenger is not so common in the capial.
Source: The Scotsman 27th March 2009 ‘When the car is home from home’
* DfT’s 2008 Regional Transport Statistics