Avoid stress and choose a motorcycle
If you were ever in doubt about commuting via motorcycle, then you need to read the latest research from Lexham Insurance.
A survey of 2000 UK commuters revealed that riding to work is one of the least stressful modes of transport, in contrast, those who drove, caught a bus, or took an over ground or underground train, who all reported feeling more stressed.
It is important to find a way of commuting which doesn’t impact on well-being, as the survey calculated some alarming metrics around a lifetime of commuting. Over a 47 year working life, the average Brit will spend 10,998 hours commuting to and from work, will travel 171,080 miles and spend £48,000.
Lateness is also a problem. Nearly half of respondents admitted to being late at least once a week, arriving an average of 10 minutes behind schedule each time. The most common cause was bad traffic, followed by a lack of sleep.
62% of commuters said that when their trip is particularly stressful or annoying, it makes the rest of their day worse and an unlucky 30 per cent of train travellers have had their face stuck next to someone’s smelly armpit more than once!
Andy Goodson, the Sales and Marketing Director for Lexham Insurance said:
“One of the best ways to make your commute happier is to cut down on how long it is. Motorbikes and scooters are a convenient way to bring down your commuting time, as they move through traffic much more easily.
“Nobody wants to have their day made any more stressful than it needs to be – and sitting in traffic, being subjected to other commuters’ poor personal hygiene and waiting around for late trains is not the way to start your day happily.”
This latest research reinforces the findings of a one-off study done by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in 2014, which showed that riding a motorcycle, moped or scooter had no negative impact on well-being on commutes up to half an hour and after that the impact was very small. The ONS survey also found driving and taking public transport had a detrimental affect.
If you don’t yet ride, then find out where your nearest free ‘try out’ opportunity is by clicking here. If you already ride to work, let your colleagues know what they are missing by organising an event at your work place for Ride to Work Week 19th to 25th June.