Excuses include poor weather and running late.
One in three people regularly uses the car for short journeys that could be completed on foot or with public transport, according to a new study.
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A survey of 2,000 people by motoring website Carwow found that short trips are usually completed by car for convenience reasons, with a mammoth 97 percent of those surveyed admitting that they could walk the distance if they chose. A further half (50 percent) said cycling was a possibility, while 45 percent said they could use public transport.
Eight in 10 respondents said they often drove to go shopping, while 37% said they drove to a workplace that was close by. The same number claimed to drive for the school run or to visit family and friends.
The average trip to the shops is four miles, but 15% said they travel less than a mile to collect weekly essentials.
Excuses for using the car included running late (40%), inclement weather (56%) and laziness (an amazingly honest 27%)