The daily commute sees our rush hour traffic pile up, road rage to get the day off to the worst start, and hours spent getting to and from work.
How does your commute compare to the average? Find out how far and how long people commute, what methods of transport they use and how commutes are changing over time…
There are lots of places this research comes from. The census asks questions about people’s workplaces and travel, there’s an annual National Travel Survey, the Office for National Statistics collates lots of information and presents it, then there are independent surveys carried out by companies or organisations, such as the Trade Union Council study.
It all paints an interesting picture of our commuting habits. Less people are commuting, but those who do are travelling for longer. Public transport is being used more but cars still reign in most of the country.
Why are commutes getting longer? Housing shortages in the most-affected areas may be to blame as people must live further away from work to get affordable housing. Increases in trains and buses might also be a factor as these methods might take longer than travelling directly by car – though there are lots of advantages to public transport as well.
Commuting by car can be especially frustrating as there isn’t much you can get done on your commute while staying safe and legal. It isn’t the most productive way to travel but millions of people are doing it every day, sometimes for hours.
MessageMia can turn that travel time into productive time. Your hands-free on-the-go note-taker, Mia allows you to record ideas, thoughts, tasks, to do list items and anything you think of while driving. Just call Mia’s toll-free number and record your message. Mia will transcribe it and send it back to you in an email. So you can have a safe, legal, productive commute, however long it is.