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Breakdown of annual mileage of motorists in the United Kingdom (UK) 2017-2018

The average motorist in the United Kingdom drove up to 10,000 miles per year. In 2018, 35 percent of respondents stated that they drove between one to 5,000 miles annually, which was an increase compared to the year before. Mileage for private travel was highest when compared to other purposes, according to a governmental survey among British car drivers. In 2017, an average of roughly 4,500 miles were driven for private reasons.

Company cars have highest mileage

The above mentioned governmental survey also found that those driving company cars tended to travel more than private car users. This was mainly due to the extra distances travelled for business and commuting.

Most UK residents use a car every day

A 2018 Statista survey found that more than half of the UK residential population used a car every day. Only one percent of respondents reported using a car less often than several times a year, with not one never using such passenger vehicles.

Distribution of the average annual mileage of all motorists in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017 and 2018

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Release date

September 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

May 2017 to May 2018

Number of respondents

1,808 respondents

Special properties

UK motorists who hold a full, currrent driving licence and drive at least once a month

Method of interview

Online survey

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