Motorist Survey

Fun and not so fun facts of the average UK motorist.

19 Days a year, driving?

Motorists will shed a tear in their car 33 times, explode into 81 fits of road rage and join in on 112 Wayne’s World-style sing-alongs in the course of their lifetime on the road, a study found.

It also emerged during our time behind the wheel behind the wheel we will be involved in 51 arguments, scoff 60 meals on-the-move and enjoy 81 smooches.

Researchers also discovered the average driver spends nearly nine hours a week in their car, totalling almost 19 full days in-transit every year.

In a typical week we will cover a distance of 82.88 miles, totalling 4,321 miles each year or 257,355 miles, covering enough tarmac to drive to the Moon and beyond.

Additionally the study found the average driver will also put their suspension to the test riding over 150 pot-holes, and will gleefully slosh their doors riding through 95 notably-deep puddles.

A typical week of driving will also involve spending 23 minutes in the car motionless or waiting at traffic lights, totalling nearly 20 hours stationary each year.
traffic lights made with faces for funny uk motorists
Over a lifetime, that’s 48 full days spent in our cars going nowhere.

The study was carried out by the British Lung Foundation to highlight the high levels of toxic fumes drivers are exposed to when sitting in traffic.

A spokeswoman said: “As a nation we spend so much time in our cars, so It is important to think carefully about the damage we are doing to our lungs.

”We are breathing in toxic fumes when we’re driving or running the engine, and many drivers are not aware of this.

“Winding your windows up does not block air pollution from getting into your car.

“A driver can actually breathe in higher amounts of dirty air than a cyclist on the same road.

”You may be driving a cleaner car but can still be collecting toxic gases from the vehicles around you via the large air vents sucking up air from the exhaust in front while you’re stuck in traffic.”


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The survey, which quizzed 2,000 drivers, also discovered just two per cent currently drive a hybrid or electric vehicle, while a conscientious 43 per cent would consider replacing their petrol car with a greener alternative in the future.

Eighty two per cent were ‘concerned’ about the effect pollution could have on their health.

Of the smokers who took part in the study, conducted by market researchers OnePoll, 26 per cent said they still smoke in the car when there are other people riding with them, and 31 per cent smoke when they are driving alone.

Seventy five per cent of those polled agreed banning smoking in vehicles was a wise decision.

Thirty one per cent of respondents advocate the use of diesel fuel in vehicles, while 22 per cent think it should be banned due to its effects on the environment and our health.

As for the proposed increased taxation of new diesel vehicles in the future, marginally more Brits now support the rise than oppose it.

When asked which health concerns were caused by car pollution, two thirds believed fumes caused coughing and 57 per cent thought it could lead to a decrease in lung capacity.

One in two people thought it could affect healthy development of lung tissue in young children and a quarter of Brits said they thought exposure to air pollution increased your risk of a heart attack.

The spokeswoman for the British Lung Foundation, which commissioned the study, added: “We would really like to see people leaving their cars behind if at all possible. If more drivers were aware of the damage they were doing to their lung health when they step into a car, maybe they would try to reduce the time they spend on the road.”

“At the British Lung Foundation we are committed to raising awareness around these issues and helping to combat the effects of poor air quality.”


  • Time in our cars: 1,080.3 days
  • Miles travelled: 257,355,66 miles
  • Time spent stationary: 48.5 days
  • Arguments: 51
  • Meals: 60
  • Spilt drinks: 14
  • Maps read: 52
  • Hands-free calls: 84
  • Kisses: 81
  • Times cried: 33
  • Stalled it: 64
  • Road rage: 81
  • Turned without indicating: 84
  • Bumpers bumped: 12
  • Curbs bumped: 66
  • Games played: 39
  • Parked on the wrong side of petrol pump: 30
  • Daydreams: 122
  • Near accidents: 38
  • Sing-alongs: 112
  • Potholes: 150
  • Puddles splashed: 95
  • Important decision made: 36
  • Air freshners: 70
  • Animals hit: 6
  • Speed limiits broken (excluding motorways): 146
  • Red lights run: 20
  • Double yellows parked on: 27

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Motorpoint for SUV’s

Motorpoint for SUV’s

An Essential Motorpoint Cars Checklist for Buying a Used SUV.

A sport utility vehicle (SUV) can be a great choice for many people who live out in the countryside, have a large family or require plenty of space for transporting pets, sports gear or other equipment. SUV sales have been growing over the years, accounting for 24% of total new vehicle sales in 2015 with 630,400 units, as their popularity increases. There is a wide range available on the used car market (one of my recommended car dealers is Motorpoint of Derby), and following this checklist should help you pick out a top-quality model that meets your needs.

SUV or Crossover?

Mazda CX 3 SUV in metallic red that's currenlty for sale at Motorpoint
The SUV market has grown so much that vehicles such as the Mazda CX-3, which looks like an elevated hatchback, fall into the same broad category as a Land Rover Discovery.
Interior image of Mazda CX 3 from Motorpoint cars
Such smaller models, sometimes referred to as compact SUVS, are technically not SUVs at all, but crossovers. They are built on a lighter car’s frame and feature a smaller body.

Actual SUVs are built on a truck’s frame but with the car style body, with the largest SUVs even higher off the ground. Most include up to three rows of seating (the rear which can often be folded down), greater storage capacity and all or four-wheel drive.

Using a company like Motorpoint when choosing the right SUV for you

Deciding between an SUV or crossover will be the first action, but there are further considerations to make when buying from Motorpoint cars. You will need to define your budget first, as that will narrow down the choice. Then think about what you will most use it for and the environments it will be driven in, as this may impact if you go for an all-wheel drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD) with a two-wheel drive option.

The number of seats you require, especially if you have a large family, along with storage space to fit in equipment should be considered. If you go on regular holidays with a trailer, caravan or own a boat, be sure to look at the towing capacity as well. The interior for comfort, technology and safety features should also be inspected.

Engines and Fuel Economy

Whenever you buy any used car it is important to do plenty of research beforehand. Reading reviews that include the real world fuel economy is a good start, as this should give the best idea of how the specific SUV performs on the roads. These will also provide a decent account for each engine size, helping you make an informed decision on which offers the best balance of power and fuel economy.

Most small SUVs and crossovers feature a four-cylinder engine, which is fine for cruising down motorways and city driving. Seeking a mid-sized or larger SUV with a V6 or V8 engine is advisable for off-roading, heavy towing and tackling steep hills, and switching to an automatic can improve fuel economy in many cases.

Factors to Check

When buying any used car from Motorpoint there are a number of factors you must check. The same is true when purchasing a used SUV. Ensure you check:

  • Mileage: SUVs are likely to have covered a lot of ground, ensure it lines up with its age
  • Service history: Many used SUVs will probably have been over some rough terrain, potentially causing damage
  • Appearance: Any marks or clear aesthetic damage can be used as a price negotiation point
  • Used car history: To ensure it has not previously been written off or stolen
  • Test drive: That it sounds and feels right to drive, all the electronics, air-con and other elements all work correctly

Making all these considerations and checks should help you narrow down the choice of SUVs and pick out the best used car option for your needs.

If you’re looking to finance your next car check out my AA loans facts and figures page.
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Whether buying a car or van privately, from a dealership or even at auction, you must always run your own Total Car Check and never rely on one provided by the existing owner. For more tips on buying a used car visit this page.
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