If you regularly drive in or around London, you’ll be well aware that there’s always a high volume of traffic but do you know how long you actually spend in congestion a year? According to the latest research released by INRIX, drivers in London spend an average of 74 hours a year stuck in traffic at peak times.
Across the rest of the UK, the average figure is 31 hours at peak times. For UK drivers as a whole, this costs each person £1,168 annually. In the capital, however, drivers are losing out considerably more, with congestion costing them an average of £2,430 a year.
The research also found that, during peak hours, motorists in London spend an average of 23 per cent of their journey time in congestion moving at five miles per hour or less.
Meanwhile, drivers travelling in or out of the capital spent 16 per cent of their time in gridlocked conditions.
London doesn’t fare particularly well on a global scale either, coming in as the second most congested city in Europe after Russia’s Moscow, and sitting at number seven on the list of the most congested cities in the world.
Sitting in congestion isn’t good for a car’s engine either. When the engine is idling for longer periods of time, it can lead to a buildup of chemicals within the engine, while it also reduces an engine’s efficiency because of the accumulation of carbon on the piston face, valves and cylinders, Eco Track Fleet Management explained.
If you spend a lot of time stuck in traffic, make sure you book regular car servicing in Hillingdon to ensure your engine isn’t negatively affected by the congestion.