Survey finds cars are still the most common mode of transport
23rd September 2015 12:59 - Automotive
The most recent annual National Travel Survey has revealed that travelling by car is still the main form of transport for people in the United Kingdom, with 64 per cent of trips made in 2014 being by car. As well as this 78 per cent of the total distance travelled in 2014 was by car.
The data from the National Travel Survey is collected through interviews with household members and also from diaries of individual’s trips kept over the period of a week. In the latest survey, 7,000 households and 16,000 people took part in the research.
In 2014, the average annual mileage of a household car was 7,900 miles, the same as the average mileage in 2013 but a decrease of 9,200 since 2012.
Last year, the average number of journeys made was 590, spanning a distance of 5,067 in total, with the average car journey lasting 22 minutes.
The National Travel Survey suggested that in 2014, 73 per cent of people over the age of 17 held a full driving licence, which represents 31.6 million drivers.
The survey findings also revealed that 67 per cent of adult women had a full driving license in 2014, along with 80 per cent of men.
When looking at young drivers aged between 17 and 20, the number of individuals with a full driving license has fallen since the 1990s, which was the period with the highest rate of young drivers. When the survey was conducted, the amount of young drivers was similar to the mid-1970s.
In the previous decade (1985 – 2005) and in line with the number of drivers increasing, the number of households with a car has decreased from 38 per cent in 1985/86 to 25 per cent in 2005.
The number of households which own more than one car increased during the period between 1985 and 2005, from 17 per cent to 32 per cent. However, from 2005 to 2015, the figures have remained flat.
When looking at regional figures for the North East of England, between 2002/03 and 2013/14 the amount of household with no cars fell from 37 per cent to 30 per cent. On the other hand, during the same period, the figures for London increased from 41 per cent to 43 per cent.
When looking at how many journeys are made in households, the survey revealed that those with more cars on average make more trips and travel much further.
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