Average Car Mileage UK
In 2020, the average car in the UK drove 6,800 miles—down 8% from 2019 and down 26% from 9,200 miles in 2002. British motorists drive less now, primarily driven by a drop in business driving and private driving. Clearly the drop from 2019 to 2020 reflects the impact of the pandemic lockdown.
Commuting mileage had held steady at 2,700 miles a year on average per car from 2002 to 2019, but dropped to 2,400 miles a year in 2020. From 2002 to 2020, business mileage plummeted 85% from 1,300 to 200 miles per year. Private mileage only dropped 7% from 2019 to 2020. This means commuting and business miles were impacted the most by the pandemic lockdown; private miles less so.
|Change in UK Driving Habits||Business Miles||Commuting Miles||Other Private Miles||Average Total Miles|
The average car journey for these cars is 8.4 miles long.
During a time when cars are being driven less and less, it's interesting to note that the number of cars licensed in the UK has continued to rise steadily—so while the mileage per car has dropped, you could argue that as a country we are driving more.
Average Mileage per Day, Week, Month and Year
How much do we drive per day, week or month? On a daily basis, cars in the UK drive an average of 20 miles a day, 142 miles a week, 617 miles a month and 7,400 miles a year.
|Average Car Mileage per Day, Week, Month and Year||2019||2020|
|Average Total Miles per car||7,600||6,800|
Calculating your own annual car mileage
If you want to calculate how much you drive a year (perhaps you're trying to figure out how many miles to declare on your car insurance), use the table below to get an idea of your annual mileage based on your daily, weekly or mileage driving habits:
How Much do You Drive a Year? Mileage Calculator
|Daily mileage||= Weekly mileage||= Monthly mileage||= Annual mileage|
But remember to include any longer trips such as visiting family or holidays when calculating your annual mileage for insurance purposes. You need to declare enough miles, or your car insurance company could invalid your policy—so it's better to overestimate than underestimate (but don't overestimate too much, higher mileage means a higher premium).
Average Car Mileage by Fuel Type
While the average UK car travelled 6,800 miles in 2020, those driving petrol cars drove 30% less on average compared to diesel cars. Diesel cars drove 8,400 miles on average (down from 9,400 in 2019), while petrol cars covered 5,900 miles in 2020 (down from 6,300 in 2019). This is not surprising as those who drive more tend to gravitate towards diesel cars due to better gas mileage, especially given that the average motorist spends over £1,000 a year on car fuel.
|How Many Miles do UK Motorists Drive Each Year?||2019 Mileage||2020 Mileage|
Why You Should Track Your Annual Car Mileage
Having a good understanding of your annual mileage is more important that you might think. Car insurance quotes and contracts are based upon a certain estimated mileage and if you go over that, a claim that might otherwise be valid might be denied. To some extent this is a reasonable position on the part of car insurance companies, because the more you drive the higher the odds of an accident and associated insurance claims. Insurance companies charge higher rates for cars that drive more, and expect car owners to pay for the risk they present.