Work Related Driving Time

18 September 2015 - By Eugene Herbert

Hi
Folks…

Do
you get the feeling that you spend more and more time in commuting to and from
work? That aside from the time you spend during the day traveling between
appointments. If your answer is in the affirmative you are probably right.

Daily
commuting and work related travel has increased slightly while total travel
time per person has decreased over the past 11 years, according to a study by
the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). 

One
of the study's major findings was that the average travel times in
connection with all activities measured decreased by approximately 10 percent
from 2004 to 2014. Distance driven per person peaked in 2004.

Overall,
the average hours spent traveling daily for work or work-related purposes rose
by approximately three percent. Work related travel for men rose by
approximately 3.7 percent from 2004 to 2014 and 4.6 percent respectively
for women.

Apart
from work, the study also measured daily travel related to personal care;
eating and drinking; household activities; purchasing goods and services;
caring for and helping household members; caring for and helping non-household
members; education; organizational, civic, and religious activities; and
leisure and sports. 

The
data used in the study was obtained from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS).
The analysis used three variables from ATUS including the average hours spent
traveling per day by activity for all persons, average percentages of persons
traveling per day by activity and the average hours spent traveling per day by
activity for persons who travelled in connection with the activity. 

Remember
that with increased travel there could be increased irritability – possibly due
to fatigue – lack of attention and of course increased probability of road
rage. All of which could be contributory factors leading to a crash/ collision.
While some things may be out of our control – such as increasing traffic –
there are those that we can control. Amongst these are:

·         Better
journey planning

·         Adequate 
rest

·         Having the correct vehicle ergonomics and
let’s not forget

·         Adequate post licence training.

Till
next time - Drive Nice – It’s makes for a pleasant journey.



Eugene Herbert




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