Traffic and road works ’most annoying time wasters’

New research from car hire company Europcar reveals that traffic, road works and delays on public transport are the three things that Brits hate most for wasting their time. Released to mark the launch of their new car hire service – ToMyCar – the Europcar research reveals that other lost minutes and hours in the day are blamed on slow internet connections and resetting passwords. However, travelling to and from work is something that most people do every day and it’s the hold-ups involved in that journey that annoy Brits the most.

When asked what they do to save time on a daily basis, three quarters admitted to at least one time-saving habit for the start of the day. Over half (56 per cent) choose their clothes the night before and a third (33 per cent) skip breakfast, despite the fact that it’s the most important meal of the day.

If they were given back an extra hour in the day, one in five would spend it in bed with 18 per cent using the time to exercise. Perhaps surprisingly 21 per cent would spend the ‘gift’ hour tidying their homes.

The Top 5 time-wasting activities that annoy people the most

• Road works and traffic 43 per cent

• Delays on Public Transport 37 per cent

• Resetting Passwords 35 per cent

• Waiting for deliveries 33 per cent

• Waiting for internet connection 28 per cent

Michael Heppell, success coach and author of ‘How to Save an Hour a Day’ says: “We all live in a 24-hour society now, which means we can be contacted anywhere and anytime. It also means we’ve got more ways to waste time, which puts more stress on people, as they feel the minutes whizz by. Small time-saving tricks make all the difference to help people make the most of the time they’ve got, allowing them to feel on top of things and relax at the end of a busy day.”

“It’s clear from our survey that people would like more time, with many frustrated by travel delays”, added Ken McCall, managing director, Europcar UK Group. “And we believe that cutting down the time involved in collecting rental vehicles could play a valuable role. Europcar’s new ToMyCar service is designed to make hiring a car that little bit faster and easier. Using the latest keyless technology, customers can save time by unlocking their vehicle via their mobile device. With no need to visit the counter and no more keys, travellers are on the road in four simple steps, saving time and stress for the journey.”

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