Four fifths of annual travel is by car
Trips per person per year, Great Britain
People in Great Britain made an average of 1,000 trips in 2004, 6 per cent fewer than in 1992/1994.
On average we travelled 6,800 miles within Great Britain in 2004, an increase of 5 per cent since 1992/1994. This reflected an increase in the average length of trips, up from 6.1 miles to 6.8 miles.
In 2004, four-fifths of the distance travelled was by car. Overall, the distance travelled by car increased by 4 per cent over the last 10 years.
The average time spent travelling around Great Britain has remained at about 360 hours per person per year, or about an hour a day.
Men make slightly more trips by car than women, and many more as car drivers. Almost half of all trips made by men are as a car driver, compared with only over a third of trips made by women.
A total of 26 per cent of households in Great Britain did not have access to a car in 2004, compared with 33 per cent in 1992/1994. Only 20 per cent of people lived in households without a car as households without cars tend to be smaller than average.
The proportion of women holding full car driving licences has increased from 54 to 61 per cent since 1992/1994, while the proportion of men holding licences has remained at 81 per cent. Licence holding among those aged 60-69 rose from 57 to 72 per cent over this period.
The number of walking trips fell by a fifth in the last 10 years. Women made 27 per cent of their trips on foot in 2004, compared with 23 per cent for men.
Since 1992/1994 the proportion of primary aged children walking to school has declined from 61 to 50 per cent. There was an increase from 30 to 41 per cent in the proportion being driven to school. For secondary school pupils there was a similar, though smaller, shift from walking to car use.
Children aged 16 and under made 53 per cent of their trips as car passengers, with most of the rest on foot (35 per cent).
The average number of bicycle trips per person per year has fallen from 18 in 1992/1994 to 15 in 2004.
The number of commuting trips per person per year fell by 6 per cent in the last 10 years, but the average trip length rose by 13 per cent.
Source: National Travel Survey 2004, Department for Transport