What type of commuter are you?

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Bill Tsouvalas
Bill Tsouvalas is the managing director and a key company spokesperson at Savvy. As a personal finance expert, he often shares his insights on a range of topics, being featured on leading news outlets including News Corp publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, Fairfax Media publications such as the Australian Financial Review, the Seven Network and more. Bill has over 15 years of experience working in the finance industry and founded Savvy in 2010 with a vision to provide affordable and accessible finance options to all Australians. He has built Savvy from a small asset finance brokerage into a financial comparison website which now attracts close to 2 million Aussies per year and was included in the BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He’s passionate about helping Australians make financially savvy decisions and reviews content across the brand to ensure its accuracy. You can follow Bill on LinkedIn.
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, updated on November 25th, 2021       

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Australians spend most of their time commuting to and from one place to another. Since we spend most of our time on the go, we have developed a few habits that have turned our cars and public transport into a second home away from home. Some habits are must have t make the trip more enjoyable while some might irk other commuters. But what type of a commuter are you?

400 hrs are spent commuting in your car

How long it takes for you to commute from one point to another influence various factors. Not only does it take time, but it also costs you money. Research revealed that when it comes to commuting 83% of Australians spend an hour in their cars every day. This is 400 hrs spent commuting in a year if you own a car.

This can affect how much you end up paying in fuel costs. The average Australian drives an average of 13,200 km a year and spends a total of $1,737 on fuel. If you have a car insurance policy for your car, the amount of diving you do will influence your premiums. The more time spent driving is more likely to increase your premiums, therefore choosing shorter routes that are safe can work in your favour.

Your car is where your heart is

Our cars have become an escapism space where we can lose ourselves for a few minutes to our thoughts, entertainment, and a few munches on our favourite snack. There are a few things that Aussies cannot do without when travelling to and from locations.

73% of us want to be entertained on our commute. Whether you jack up the audio to blast our favourite tunes. 46% of drivers tend to multitask on their trips. Aussies that use public transport are more likely to keep themselves entertained (82%) and productive (63%) compared to commuters that drive.

However, there are habits that are dangerous that can cause accidents. According to News.com, 70% of Australians engage in dangerous activities that can cause them to be distracted while behind the wheel. It only takes seconds to be distracted to cause a disaster. Dangerous habits that Australians engage in are:

  • Eating behind the wheel (47%)
  • Texting while driving (28%)
  • Answering a call without using hands-free (27%)
  • Applying Make-up (14%)

Cutting down the costs

Aussies sure do love a bargain, and anything that reduces costs is most welcomed. When it comes to cutting down the cost of commuting more Australians are resolving to ride-sharing services. Not only are ride-sharing services convenient, but it also helps you save a couple of dollars that can be used elsewhere. So far ride-sharing services in Australia have accumulated (US) $447 million in 2018.

Ride-sharing service appears to be on the increase. Revenue on ride-sharing services is predicted to grow by 3.8% in the next 4 years, generating a total of (US) $519 million. 1 in 10 Australians have used a ride-sharing service while 2 in 10 see themselves using such services in future.

The best way to get the most out of such services is to see what is suitable for your type of commuting. What might work for one person might not work for you. Various factors such as the distance and time it takes to get you to and from your destination will influence whether ride-sharing services are the way to go for you.

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