British parents waste £51.2 million a year driving kids under a mile to school

British parents waste £51.2 million a year driving kids under a mile to school

New research has revealed that British parents are racking up an astonishing £51.2 million bill each year ferrying their children less than a mile to school.

That figure is enough to fund 47 primary schools for an entire year.
More importantly, the aversion to walking means that an extra 1.2 million vehicles are on the already busy roads of Britain during the peak hours every week day.

The research was carried out by Zipcar and revealed that the worst offenders for ludicrously short school runs are based in Scotland, where 60% of parents living less than one mile away from the school gates drive their children.

Despite hideous levels of congestion and solid public transport links, Londoners are the third worst offenders with almost half of parents still opting to jump behind the wheel rather than seek alternative transport methods.

Amazingly, on the opposite end of the spectrum, not one Welsh parent living within one mile of school admitted to driving there.

The results come despite a staggering amount of parents admitting the school run is total carnage, citing difficulty parking, regular traffic jams, squabbling parents and even accidents as regular occurrences.

A nationwide campaign dubbed National Walk to School Week has been launched and is aimed at encouraging parents to leave the car at home and walk to school.

Mark Walker, General Manager UK at Zipcar said: "There's an astounding 27.5 million cars on Britain's roads and 32% of households in the UK have two or more cars. But for many, the economics of ownership just don't add up. Especially when you consider that the average car spends 96% of its life parked."
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