A survey conducted by Skoda has revealed that company car drivers typically spend almost three years of their career behind the wheel.
The manufacturer commissioned what it described as “an in-depth survey” of 1,000 company car drivers, which found that the average individual spent more than two and a half hours in the car each day and travelled 235 miles a week – equating to two years nine months and 451,200 over a typical career.
It added that drivers usually spend around four hours a week in traffic jams and make 355 business calls and close 259 deals from the driver’s seat each year.
Further business conducted from the driver’s seat, according to Skoda, includes eight journeys that rely solely on satellite navigation systems, the consumption of 614 teas or coffees a year and six sandwiches and six packets of crisps per week.
The research also claimed that the average company car driver will lose their temper at the wheel 307 times a year and send six work-related text messages per week while they are on a roadside break, while 32% of respondents said they play loud music before a meeting to get in the right frame of mind.
“Every year we conduct research into the wants, needs and habits of our company car drivers; the results of which influence the specialist business car range we offer,” said Skoda’s head of fleet, Henry Williams.
“We know consumer requirements are evolving all the time so our research ensures our cars are always relevant for the driver.
“The car is more than just a vehicle. For many, it’s a mobile office, so technology such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wifi hotspot and an infotainment system that keeps you up to date with the latest news channels, weather and fuel prices are as much as necessity as a nice to have.”