Recent changes in car ownership and use

The number of registered cars on GB roads is increasing every year, but the rate of increase slowed significantly.

Registered vehicles on GB roads

However when one factors in the increase in population the number of cars per head of population has been reasonably constant since 2005.

registered cars per head of GB population

Cars are being kept longer, with the average age of a car a disposal rising by nearly 4 years over the past 20 years.

average age of GB car fleet

The amount of driving that people do has, however, been falling for a number of years which means that the distance covered on average per year by this larger vehicle fleet has dropped 20% from over 10,000 miles per year in 1994 to 8,200 in 2013.

Miles driven per car per year on GB roads