Drivers have completed a MARATHON this year – just by walking to and from their car, a new study has found.
Motorists have revealed that they walk on average 188m from their car to their workplace and back EVERY day.
Working on the basis that Brits will work for up to 48 weeks a year – it is estimated drivers walk 45km a year just getting to and from their job.
Data, compiled by online used car marketplace heycar, reveals that equates to 1.3 lengths of the English Channel – or more than one London marathon, with working Brits getting their steps in both morning and night.
The study discovered workers in Northern Ireland walk the furthest – on average over 5km PER DAY from their car to their workplace and back.
However in Liverpool, motorists tend to park an average of 62 metres away from their workplace, and just 70 metres away in Leeds.
The data also revealed car owners walk around 68 metres from their car to their front door and back every week – three and a half km every year.
Despite the annoyance of having to park on a different street to your home there is a plus side with Brits being encouraged to live more active lives.
Last month it emerged that record numbers are switching from couch potato lifestyles to achieving at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week.
And with health chiefs at Sport England revealing that walking is the most popular activity, parking out of town or a few minutes from home is an easy exercise win.
The heycar research also revealed one in 10 British workers have to pay for parking at work and while a third of Londoners have to purchase a parking permit, the figure falls around the UK with just one in 10 paying the council for their spot.
But despite continued Government initiatives to ditch cars in a bid to hit climate change targets, heycar reveal TWO THIRDS of working Brits still drive to work (68 per cent).
Karen Hilton, Chief Commercial Officer of heycar, said: “People are often infuriated by having to park far from where they want to be – at home and at work – but why not see the positives and look at the health benefits?
“The frustration of trying to find that ‘perfect’ parking spot just isn’t worth it, so walking a short distance every day to your car and back is a good way to clear your head and get you ready for the day ahead – or free your mind of the day’s stresses.”