Commuting to work is more stressful than a dentist’s appointment

Ford has published a survey carried out on 5,500 people from 6 European cities. In London commuting is more stressful than a dentist’s appointment.

Commuting from house to work is really hard for all European. Being a source of stress, according to a European survey (commissioned by Ford to Opinion Matters and carried out in April) getting to work from home is becoming a terrible nightmare.


Due to increasingly less predictable journey times, caused by ever-worsening traffic conditions, 63% of the people interviewed said to get late to work at least once a month, with peaks of 80% in London, while 15% of them leave home at least 30 minutes in advance, in order not to be late.





Lots of people will think all workers need to do is leaving the car in the garage and take the public transport. Yet, according to the survey, the younger workers, whose age range from 18 to 34 years, are the ones who used public transport the most, but, oddly, also those who spend more time commuting to work and with the highest stress levels.


In Rome, the stress level is so high that commuting to work is compared to house moving, while in London it is considered worse than a dentist appointment.






The survey has been carried on 5,500 people living in Rome, Barcelona, Berlin, London, Madrid and Paris. Statically, they all share a common point: commuting to work is more stressing than working itself.


According to the survey, commuting to work and back home back and forth to work lasts in average, 111 minutes in Rome, 104 minutes in London and 100 minutes in Madrid. Rome is the city where people are stressed the most due to daily commuting (57%), followed by London (41%) and Paris (35%).


The highest stress levels can be generally observed in commuter using three or more means of transport. 43% of them admitted not to able to reach the workplace at least once in the last year, mainly due to strikes and public transport disruptions. Thus, though car is stressing, public transport as well is annoying.


Along with Smart Mobility and Handle On Mobility projects, Fords relies on Andreas Ostendorf, Vice President for Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, for a possible solution. “For many people it can feel like they have done a full day before they have even set foot in the office,” explained Mr Ostendorf. “Pedestrian walkways, bicycles, buses, trains, vehicles, trams, shuttle buses – all of these need to be connected and integrated to optimise urban mobility in the future.” But there is still a very long way to go…


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