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Commuter Traffic Drives British Workers Mad - June 11th 2007

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    British workers are driving their stress levels through the roof, literally.

    The daily grind of lengthy commutes and time wasted in traffic jams is taking its toll on workers' free time, bank balances and patience, according to new research out today.

    The research, conducted by the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI), reveals that one in six Brits spend the equivalent of an entire working day travelling to and from work in the course of a week, totalling almost two years of solid commuting over an average working life.

    If that's not bad enough, one in ten of us, spend more than an hour and a half of that time sitting in traffic jams, which adds up to a whopping four and a half months spent bumper to bumper over the course of our working lives.

    And to top it all, over that same period, a quarter of us spend more than 43,000 for the privilege.

    MCI's Craig Carey-Clinch said: "We wanted to look into the amount of time and money people are spending just getting to work and back on a regular basis and to highlight the benefits of getting on two wheels instead. Motorcycles and scooters are a really good way to avoid traffic, saving time, money and unnecessary stress.

    "Only one in ten of the survey's respondents had a motorcycle license, but more than a fifth said they were jealous of motorcycles and scooters because they get through traffic quicker. Sitting in traffic on your daily commute is not only a waste of time and money, but our research shows that is also causes a great deal of stress."

    The research discovered that three quarters of the population find traffic jams and general delays stressful, three in five find them frustrating, a quarter become anxious in traffic and one in six have experienced road rage as a direct result of congestion.

    But perhaps the biggest shock of the MCI research came when asking British workers what they would rather be doing if they weren't commuting or stuck in traffic.

    More British workers would rather be at work than in bed with their partner!