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Europcar research reveals more than half think they waste up to an hour a day

Key Research Findings:
• 43% voted traffic and road works the time wasting activities that annoy people most
• 58% of Brits waste up to an hour a day
• 56% choose their clothes the night before to save time at the start of their day
• 40% of respondents prepare lunch the night before; 33% skip breakfast
• If they were given extra an hour in the day, 28% would read a book and 21% would tidy the house

New research from Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe, reveals that traffic, road works and delays on public transport are the three things that Brits hate most for wasting their time. Released to mark the launch of innovative new car hire service – ToMyCar - the Europcar research reveals that other lost minutes and hours in the day are blamed on slow internet connections and resetting passwords. However, travelling to and from work is something that most people do every day and it’s the hold-ups involved in that journey that annoy Brits the most.

When asked what they do to save time on a daily basis, three quarters admitted to at least one time-saving habit for the start of the day. Over half (56%) choose their clothes the night before and a third (33%) skip breakfast, despite the fact that it’s the most important meal of the day.

If they were given back an extra hour in the day, one in five would spend it in bed with 18% using the time to exercise. Perhaps surprisingly 21% would spend the ‘gift’ hour tidying their homes.

The Top 5 time-wasting activities that annoy people the most
• Road works and traffic 43%
• Delays on Public Transport 37%
• Resetting Passwords 35%
• Waiting for deliveries 33%
• Waiting for internet connection 28%

Michael Heppell, success coach and author of ‘How to Save an Hour a Day’ says, “We all live in a 24-hour society now, which means we can be contacted anywhere and anytime. It also means we’ve got more ways to waste time, which puts more stress on people, as they feel the minutes whizz by. Small time-saving tricks make all the difference to help people make the most of the time they’ve got, allowing them to feel on top of things and relax at the end of a busy day.”

“It’s clear from our survey that people would like more time, with many frustrated by travel delays”, added Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group. “And we believe that cutting down the time involved in collecting rental vehicles could play a valuable role. Europcar’s new ToMyCar service is designed to make hiring a car that little bit faster and easier. Using the latest keyless technology, customers can save time by unlocking their vehicle via their mobile device. With no need to visit the counter and no more keys, travellers are on the road in four simple steps, saving time and stress for the journey.”

The service is being launched first from four key destinations in the UK – London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh airports and the Europcar Mobility Centre at ExCeL London - and in other key European destinations.


* Survey of 2,000 UK residents conducted by OnePoll, March 2015

About Europcar
Europcar is one of the leading mobility players in Europe. Present in over 140 countries, the Group provides customers with one of the largest vehicle rental networks through its own operators, franchisees and partnerships. Europcar Group operates worldwide its own brands Europcar® and InterRent®, which is its low cost brand. The group puts customers at the heart of its mission whether it is innovation or service. All the employees of the group are committed to delivering customer satisfaction. Europcar is actively promoting Corporate and Environmental social responsibility. Europcar has been awarded again in 2014 for the 6th consecutive year, by the World Travel Awards (« World's Leading Green Transport Solution Company »). Europcar was also designed « Leading Car Rental Company » in Europe, Africa, Middle-East and Australia. Europcar is owned by Eurazeo, one of the leading listed investment companies in Europe.

For further press information please contact the Europcar UK Press Office Ed McCambridge, Madeleine Roles or Wendy Harrison on 020 8977 9132.

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