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Company car drivers spend almost three years of their career behind the wheel

Company car drivers spend almost three years of their career behind the wheel

Company car drivers will spend the equivalent of nearly three years of their working life in the driver’s seat, according to the latest Škoda fleet research.

The survey was commissioned to gain insight into life on the road for business drivers. The car manufacturer surveyed 1,000 company car users and the research revealed that:
  • The average employee would spend more than two-and-a-half-hours in their car on a typical working day
  • That works out at 13 hours a week or 26 days every year. Over a standard 40-year career (age 25-65)
  • That equates to two years and nine months on the road. The survey highlighted that company cars were being utilised to the full, with the average driver travelling 235 miles a week or nearly half a million miles (451,200) over the course of their career - the equivalent of driving around the earth more than 18 times.
The survey highlighted that company cars were being utilised to the full, with the average driver travelling 235 miles a week or nearly half a million miles (451,200) over the course of their career - the equivalent of driving around the earth more than 18 times.

A typical company car driver would also lose their temper 307 times a year, make 355 hands-free calls to their boss and drink 614 teas or coffees - all from the comfort of their car.

Each week, as many as five business deals would be clinched whilst in the car, six sandwiches would be eaten and an average of six work-related texts would be sent while on a roadside break. Drivers would also rely on their ‘sat nav’ eight times a week and make their way through six packets of crisps.

The research revealed that music played an important role during the daily commute with a typical professional singing out loud to nearly eight songs a week or 15,000 tracks over their working life. Furthermore 32 per cent of people said that they played loud music before a meeting to get in the right frame of mind, with The Killers’ Mr Brightside found to be the most popular song choice to motivate professionals.

Henry Williams, head of fleet for Škoda UK, said: “Every year we conduct research into the wants, needs and habits of our company car drivers; the results of which influence the specialist business car range we offer. We know consumer requirements are evolving all the time so our research ensures our cars are always relevant for the driver.

“The car is more than just a vehicle. For many, it’s a mobile office, so technology such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Wi-Fi-hotspot and an infotainment system that keeps you up to date with the latest news channels, weather and fuel prices are as much as necessity as a nice to have.”

The research also found nearly two-thirds of company car owners said they felt like they spent more time in their vehicle than they did sat at home on their sofa, and 52% went further to comment that they felt they spent their life in the car. That said, 33% said that they ‘really enjoyed driving’.

A fifth of company car drivers relished their time in their car stating it was the only ‘me time’ they got to themselves and 71% preferred to drive without any passengers, with 43% saying it gave them time to think about work and make plans in their head.

The research showed that the typical company car owner would spend four hours of every week in a traffic jam, but that allowed four in 10 motorists to make a life-changing decision when in the vehicle. In fact, the research suggested that the average company employee would make four life-changing decisions whilst sat behind the wheel.

The average company car driver will…
Make a hands-free call to the boss 7.4 times a week / 355 times a year
Lose your temper 6.4 times a week / 307 times a year
Swear at another driver  7.1 times a week / 304 times a year
Make a call to your partner 7.3 times a week / 350 times a year
Clinch a deal  5.4 times a week / 259 times a year
Drink a coffee 6.8 times a week / 326 times a year
Drink a tea 6.0 times a week / 288 times a year Eat a sweet 7.4 times a week / 355 times a year
Eat a sandwich 5.8 times a week / 278 times a year
Eat a packet of crisps 5.8 times a week / 278 times a year
Sing at the top of your voice 7.8 times a week / 374 times a year
End up getting lost 5.4 times a week / 259 times a year
Rely on Sat Nav 8.1 times a week / 389 times a year
Have to pull over to send a text or email 6.5 times a week / 312 times a year


  • Figures based on 48 working weeks a year (four weeks of annual leave), 2.6 hours a day x five days a week = 13 hours a week, 13 x 48 working weeks a year = 624 hours equivalent to 26 days a year, 26 days x 40-year working life (age 25-65) = 2.8 years,
    235 miles per week x 48 working weeks per year x 40 working years = 451,200 miles over a working lifetime.