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Average Car Mileage UK (2024)

How much ground does the average British driver cover each year? We've run the numbers to understand how typical mileage changes for purposes like commuting and business, as well as differences between petrol and diesel cars.

Average Car Mileage UK

In 2022, the average car in the UK drove 6,600 miles—down 28% from 9,200 miles in 2002. British motorists drive less now, primarily driven by a drop in business driving and private driving.

Commuting mileage had pretty held steady at around 2,700 miles a year on average per car from 2002 to 2019, but dropped to 2,400 miles a year in 2020 and 1,800 miles a year in 2021; that figure is now climbing but still below pre-pandemic levels. Not surprisingly, commuting and business miles were impacted the most by the pandemic lockdown; private miles less so.

But overall, there is a LOT less business driving nowadays. In the 20 years from 2002 to 2022, business mileage plummeted 77% from 1,300 to 300 miles per year.

Change in UK Driving HabitsBusiness MilesCommuting MilesOther Private MilesTotal Miles

The average car journey for cars in the UK is 8.4 miles long.

chart showing how mileage in the UK has changed over time
UK motorists are driving less, especially for business

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. That's why you might feel like there are more cars on the road than ever, despite the lower per car mileage figures shown here.

Average Mileage per Day, Week, Month and Year

Wondering how far Brits typically drive every day, week or month? Cars in the UK drive an average of 18 miles a day, which is equivalent to 127 miles a week, 550 miles a month and 6,600 miles a year.

Average Car Mileage per Day, Week, Month and Year2019202020212022
Per Day20191518
Per Week142131102127
Per Month617567442550
Average Total Miles per car7,4006,8005,3006,600

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 this calculator or the table below to get an idea of your annual mileage based on your daily, weekly or mileage driving habits:

Mileage Calculator

How Much do You Drive a Year? Mileage Calculations

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 Mileage2020 Mileage2021 Mileage2022 Mileage
chart showing how mileage in the UK in 2019 including by fuel type
The average UK card drove 6,600 miles in 2022

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.

Erin Yurday

Erin Yurday is the Founder and Editor of NimbleFins. Prior to NimbleFins, she worked as an investment professional and as the finance expert in Stanford University's Graduate School of Business case writing team. Read more on LinkedIn.


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