Clapham Rover

16-07-2007, 05:25 PM

...for the average person on the average wage in the average car doing the average annual mileage is - under 8 mph*.

*For a middle of the road car driven 10,000 miles per year, the AA puts standing costs at 36p per mile (excise duty, insurance, cost of capital, depreciation and breakdown cover) and running costs at 20p per mile (petrol, tyres, service labour costs, replacement parts, parking and tolls). Median annual salary is £22,060 (gross) = about £11 per hour. Hence the time taken to pay fixed and running costs = 510 hours. The National Traffic Survey makes the average speed of car trips (including jams) to be 23.4 mph. It will thus take 427 hours to clock up 10,000 miles in a year. Throw in an average of one hour per week cleaning the car, taking it for repairs, filling it with petrol, pumping tyres etc. Add 5 minutes per trip looking for car keys, walking to car, de-icing windows in winter and another 5 minutes per trip finding a space and parking + walking from there to their destination (probably underestimates for London?) add about 254 hours per year. If you have a garage that adds to the average house costing £158,000 about 11% = £17,538 which at 6% interest adds about a £1000 to motgage repayments about another 90+ hours of work at £11 ph. (All these costs will obviously be much higher for London, but so will wages)

In total the average UK motorist devotes about 1,300 hours to their car for his 10,000 miles - under 8mph.

Bicycle is quicker. :)

*For a middle of the road car driven 10,000 miles per year, the AA puts standing costs at 36p per mile (excise duty, insurance, cost of capital, depreciation and breakdown cover) and running costs at 20p per mile (petrol, tyres, service labour costs, replacement parts, parking and tolls). Median annual salary is £22,060 (gross) = about £11 per hour. Hence the time taken to pay fixed and running costs = 510 hours. The National Traffic Survey makes the average speed of car trips (including jams) to be 23.4 mph. It will thus take 427 hours to clock up 10,000 miles in a year. Throw in an average of one hour per week cleaning the car, taking it for repairs, filling it with petrol, pumping tyres etc. Add 5 minutes per trip looking for car keys, walking to car, de-icing windows in winter and another 5 minutes per trip finding a space and parking + walking from there to their destination (probably underestimates for London?) add about 254 hours per year. If you have a garage that adds to the average house costing £158,000 about 11% = £17,538 which at 6% interest adds about a £1000 to motgage repayments about another 90+ hours of work at £11 ph. (All these costs will obviously be much higher for London, but so will wages)

In total the average UK motorist devotes about 1,300 hours to their car for his 10,000 miles - under 8mph.

Bicycle is quicker. :)