Brits spend an average of 68 minutes a day stuck in rush-hour traffic, according to a new study.
Researchers at LHD Car Supermarket came to this conclusion by asking commuters to compare how long it would take them to drive to work on an empty road with how long it actually takes them to travel to and from the workplace.
They found that the delays caused by traffic adds up to 272 hours every year, or a 453 days over the average working lifetime. A report from motors.co.uk pointed out that this is longer than it took NASA astronauts to reach Mars.
The statistics reveal just how much traffic congestions can cost business travellers in lost productivity and additional petrol costs. With these stats in mind, it's little wonder that many fleet managers use vehicle tracking systems to identify traffic problems early and avoid unnecessary delays for their drivers.
Reacting to the survey, a LHD Car Supermarket spokesperson told bmmagazine.co.uk: "Sitting in traffic jams has to be one of the most annoying aspects of working life.
"At some point we've all convinced ourselves that we'll start walking or cycling to work, but then quickly change our mind the following morning when the weather is bad."