Driving for pleasure is becoming a thing of the past as new figures have revealed the average person takes nearly 200 fewer journeys a year than two decades ago.

The average person took just 914 trips in 2015, according to data from the Department for Transport – the lowest number since records began.

The total is much lower than its high point in the mid-nineties, when it reached 1,094.

Car on country road

 

Most of the fall in trips since the mid-2000s has been caused by fewer car journeys, despite the proportion of households with access to a car remaining broadly unchanged.

Driving to enjoy the freedom of the road is becoming a dream of the pastLuke Bosdet, AA

The figures demonstrate that people see the car as a means to an end, rather than a way of spending leisure time, the AA said.

Luke Bosdet, from the motoring organisation, said: “Despite pump prices falling to their lowest in seven years, car use hasn’t recovered.

“For many, the car is a workhorse that gets them to and from work and carries out errands, and that’s it. Driving to enjoy the freedom of the road is becoming a dream of the past.

“AA research among tens of thousands of its members finds many fret that if they drive off in the car they will lose their parking space outside their home.

“More than one in seven who drive to work turn up an hour early so that they can park – in effect giving their employers an unpaid half day each week.”

Traffic jam
Driving is more stressful than enjoyable for many people CREDIT: PA

Records on personal travel have been kept since the 1970s.  Women tend to make more trips than men – 941 per woman compared with 886. But they do not travel as far, averaging a total distance of 6,057 miles compared to 7,260 miles by men.

The proportion of trips made on foot has continued to fall. In 1995/97, walking accounted for 27% of trips, decreasing to 24% in 2005. This figure dropped to just 22% last year.

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