It’s official, London is the most congested city in the world. In fact, figures released last month showed that commuters trying to complete car journeys in the capital wasted an average of over 100 hours last year stuck in traffic. Beating second-placed Los Angeles (81 hours), closely followed by Washington D.C. (75), San Francisco (75), Houston (74), New York (73), the Capital’s roads are a gridlocked force to be reckoned with. A 10-mile stretch of the A217 in the city has been named as the UK’s most congested road for the second year running in 2015, with drivers wasting an average of 110 hours, the equivalent of 4.5 days, on that single stretch.
Aside from traffic congestion being a major nuisance, the effects of millions of cars being stranded for hours at a time has a detrimental effect on the environment. There is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today than at any point in the last 800,000 years, and cars are one of the biggest contributors to global warming and the thinning of the ozone layer. Figures released earlier this year stated that nine out of 10 Diesel cars produce higher levels of potentially lethal pollutants than those permitted by official limits. A sharp increase in the traffic on our roads over the last 40 years has caused our air – particularly in cities – to become thick with pollutants to potentially dangerous levels. Pollutants emitted from cars are believed to cause cancer and contribute to such problems as asthma, birth defects, heart disease and eye irritation, and research conducted last year suggests that nearly 9,500 people die early each year in the country’s Capital due to long-term exposure to air pollution. On top of this, the thinning of the ozone layer, mixed with global warming, creates a deadly combination of a warmer planet and higher sea levels – which obviously has a negative effect on the human race.
Economically-friendly vehicles and ‘green’ cars can significantly help reduce the amount of pollution that is being pumped into the air and reduce your carbon footprint. With the typical car releasing a fatal cocktail of carbon monoxide, hydro carbons, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, switching to a car with lower – or no emissions – such as a fully electric vehicle, will not only help contribute towards a cleaner, greener air, but also save you money on running costs and road tax.
As one of the UK’s leading car salary sacrifice providers, Fleet Evolution provide economically-friendly cars to thousands of people all over the country. With a fleet that includes hybrid and fully-electric vehicles, Fleet Evolution can help contribute to lowering pollution – no matter how many hours are spent in traffic.