British motorists ‘travel over 7,000 miles a year’

27th February 2013

Drivers in the UK are travelling an incredible distance every year, so much in fact that the average British motorist could cross the Atlantic and back in their beloved vehicle on an annual basis.

This is according to new research carried out by the insurance company Allianz Your Cover, which found that motorists in this country will complete an average of 7,130 miles in their car each year.

In order to get an idea of how long British drivers are on the road on an annual basis, such a distance is the equivalent of travelling from the UK to New York, and back again.

Despite being on the road for so long, the majority of motorists studied in the Allianz Your Cover survey do not currently enjoy their daily commute.

In fact, just 15 per cent of drivers polled said that they liked travelling to and from work.

On the flip side, 70 per cent of respondents admitted that they were miserable when behind the wheel because of the state of the UK's roads and ongoing issues with nationwide congestion.

As a result, around a third of the participants in the research said they feel exhausted once they arrive at the workplace.

To make the commute a more enjoyable experience, 43 per cent of motorists long for cheaper fuel prices and 20 per cent feel that a better job and nicer work colleagues would make a world of difference.

Close to a fifth of drivers would also like to see their fellow commuters improve their driving skills, with ten per cent suggesting that a travel companion could make getting from home to work a more bearable task.

Jon Lott, from Allianz Your Cover, commented: "People are spending nearly an hour a day commuting and a third are frazzled before even arriving at work, feeling rushed, stressed and anxious from their morning journey, which is isn't a good way to start the working day."

With the amount of time that drivers spend on the road commuting, it is also extremely important that people are keeping an eye on their car's tyres to ensure that a problem does not suddenly develop.

For starters, motorists are encouraged to check the pressure of every one of their vehicle's tyres – including any spares – on at least a monthly basis.

This is because under or over inflated products dramatically reduce their lifespan, with the tyres often suffering from premature wear and irreversible damage to the internal construction.

Furthermore, the wrong tyre pressure also runs the risk of even the most experienced of drivers losing control of their vehicle. From a financial perspective, correctly inflated tyres also save on the amount of fuel that a car has to burn in order to get from A to B.

Another tyre maintenance tip which must be paid attention to is for drivers to regularly monitor that their tyres' tread depth has not dipped below the minimum level.

The road laws of the UK state that the minimum legal tread depth for car tyres is 1.6mm over the central three quarters of the tread width. This measurement must continue around the entire circumference of a product.

Anyone who is found to be driving on tyres below this tread depth face the risk of having three penalty points placed on their driver's licence and being subjected to a £2,500 fine per tyre.

Therefore, a quick check on a regular basis could prevent major headaches when out on the road.

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