Commuting makes people miserable, according to new research, with those who have to travel for an hour to an hour and a half the most dejected and vulnerable.
The report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals that commuters generally have lower life satisfaction, a lower sense that their daily activities are worthwhile, are less happy and have higher anxiety than non-commuters.
It compiled data concerning 60,000 people in the UK from the Annual Population Survey, of which 91.5% travel to get to work. The study also has implications on the
dangers of driving for a living.
Respondents in the study were asked a number of questions in order to determine their personal well-being.
These included how satisfied they are with their lives, the extent to which they feel their activities are worthwhile, how happy they felt the day before being surveyed and how anxious they felt the previous day, as well as aspects of their daily commutes.
‘Misery’ of the daily grind
Commuters were found to have small, but statistically significant lower scores on all measures, with effects on personal well-being greatest for anxiety and happiness.
The report also discovered that the longer the commute, the more profound the effects on the individual.
Personal well-being measures decreased with each successive minute of travel, except for levels of anxiety which increased with each minute.
Between 61 and 90 minutes was identified as the worst length of time to travel. However, when commuting time reaches three hours or more the negative effects on personal well-being disappeared.
Road traffic accidents
It should come as no surprise that the more miles you drive, the more likely, statistically, you are to have a road traffic accident.
Accidents of this nature are unfortunately a very regular occurrence. Each year thousands of road users suffer the effects, be they a driver, passenger or pedestrian, and in many cases, injured parties are hurt through no fault of their own.
In such instances you may be able to seek compensation, something which Accident Advice Helpline can lead a hand with. To discuss your potential claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.