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January 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
British workers who commute by car cover an average of 3,326 miles a year just to get to and from work
West Midlandshas the highest proportion of'car commuters'
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Commuters are spending up to £1,000 a year on petrol or diesel just to get to and from work, according to new research
Santander 123 cashback credit card. The findings reveal that British 'car commuters' travel an average of 3,326 miles a year for this purpose, spending an average of £840 each on fuel.
Scottish 'car commuters' cover the most miles travelling to and from work, covering an average of 3,934 miles per year. This is followed by those in the East of
England who travel on average 3,907 miles per year and the
East Midlands who cover 3,643 miles each.
Car commuters in the East of
England spend £1,008 each annually on the journey to work, more than any other region. Those in the
East Midlands spend an average of £960 on fuel to get to and from work, compared to Londoners who spend an average of £948.
Number of miles travelled and money spent on fuel by car commuters
Average spend on
Average number of miles diesel/petrol for
travelled going to and travelling to work
from work per car per car commuter
Region commuter per year per year
East 3,907 GBP1,008
East Midlands 3,643 GBP960
London 2,825 GBP948
North West 3,485 GBP852
North East 3,538 GBP840
Scotland 3,934 GBP840
South West 3,010 GBP828
South East 3,590 GBP816
West 3,300 GBP780
West Midlands 3,036 GBP732
Yorkshire & Humber 2,561 GBP624
GB 3,326 GBP840
However, it is the
West Midlands and
Wales that have the largest percentage of workers who commute by car. Seventy-one per cent of employed people in these regions travel to and from work in a motor vehicle, compared to just 32 per cent in
London, where much higher numbers rely on the public transport system.
Percentage of workers commuting by car
Percentage of employed people who
Region drive to work
West Midlands 71%
Yorkshire & Humber 70%
East of England 69%
North West 67%
North East 63%
East Midlands 63%
South East 62%
South West 57%
Santander is advising workers to look at how much money they spend on their commute and investigate ways of reducing their costs.