30 Mar ‘Selfish Driving’ Adds Time To Your Commute
More and more people may be tempted to hire an executive minibus in London to share the commute to work with their colleagues and avoid facing selfish drivers.
A study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US found 15 to 30 per cent of the time lost to traffic was the result of “selfish routing”. This amounts to between 12 and 18 minutes on a journey that takes one hour.
The report, called ‘Understanding congested travel in urban areas’, found that people taking short-cuts actually increase congestion on busy roads.
Instead, the researchers concluded that commuters should co-ordinate journeys by using apps or vouchers so fewer drivers take alternative routes, which would reduce the amount of traffic.
They discovered that some commuters could see their journey times increase as a result of this, but Dr Marta Gonzalez, who led the findings, was reported by the Daily Mail as saying: “Many drivers could see their journeys becoming between five to 20 minutes shorter.
Not only would this potentially reduce commuting time, it would cut the amount of pollution in big cities. It would also lower fuel bills, as drivers would not be stuck in traffic for as long, even if their journey ends up being a bit longer.
Any way to reduce the cost of commuting is likely to be attractive to workers, as Santander Credit Cards recently reported that the average amount a full-time employee in the UK spends on getting to work is £1,087 per year.
It also found that Brits collectively spend £91 billion each year on commuting, childcare, clothes, food and drink, computer equipment, personal grooming and phone bills, as a result of working.