Drivers clock up excess shopping milesMost have a grocery store within walking distance

15 March 2007

Motorists needlessly drive an average 2.4 miles per week to buy basic groceries, research shows today.

The excess 'shopping miles' generate harmful carbon dioxide emissions, according to food chain Somerfield.

A survey of 2,052 UK adults found shoppers with cars drive on average 3.56 miles per week to buy basics such as bread and milk.

This could be cut down by shopping for groceries at their local convenience store, the chain claimed.

Walking distance

Its Local Life report says 67 per cent of UK shoppers have a grocery store within walking distance of their home.

Somerfield spokesman Pete Williams said cutting back on short car journeys would help reduce carbon emissions.

'Increasingly the British public are hunting for new ways to be environmentally friendly yet many of these people completely ignore the obvious such as cutting the usage of their cars,' he said.

UK motorists who drive to buy groceries clock up an unnecessary 2.94 billion shopping miles per year, the report says.

It calculates 'unnecessary' shopping miles by deducting the average drive to convenience stores from the respondents' average weekly drive to supermarkets.

Londoners were most likely to walk to the supermarket, while people in Yorkshire were most likely to travel unnecessary shopping miles.

The research is based on a YouGov online survey of 2,052 UK adults.

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