Nightmare Commutes Revealed
by Jonathan Clensy |
posted 18 September 2017
A new survey by motoring telematics experts In-car Cleverness has shown that nightmare commutes could soon be the norm around the UK, with average driving speeds falling within some of the UK's major cities in just the last year.
The survey found London to be the worst offender for commuters, with average driving speeds five miles from the centre reaching just 8mph. Since 2016, speeds within one mile of the centre have dropped by more than one mile per hour, with the average driver now barely registering 5mph. but other cities such as Edinburgh and Manchester are also deeply affected.
The study analysed nearly 400,000 journeys over the same three-month period in 2016 and 2017, measuring average miles per hour achieved when driving within a five-mile radius of major city centres.
The most recent statistics from the Department for Transport estimated that 68% of people are driving as part of their commute, meaning that millions of motorists around the UK's busiest cities could be losing significant time otherwise spent at home or work.
Paul O'Dowd, Head of Sales at In-Car Cleverness, commented: "The figures paint a stark picture of how everyday commuters, drivers and even businesses are struggling to get around or operate in some of the biggest hubs in the UK."
A number of factors influence this decline such as overall traffic volumes which are higher and major cities introducing tighter speed restrictions while adopting more traffic management systems.
However, there is some hope. "Traffic-management technology is becoming readily-available to drivers and businesses who are being robbed of time and money," points out O'Dowd. "The technology can help avoid these costly traffic jams and save time." For example, In-Car Cleverness' bespoke telematics service features a mapping facility that gives businesses the ability to view live traffic and divert drivers away from heavy traffic and congestion.