Drivers will save a total of 25 minutes or more on their commute to work next week – thanks to the school half-term break.

More than half of Britain’s car commuters will gain at least five minutes each morning, as school traffic disappears from the roads. This adds up to a spectacular 1,365 years saved across the whole country in just one week.

Nearly 22 million people commute daily in cars and new research by BuyaCar.co.uk suggests more than half of them enjoy shorter journey times during school holidays.

Adding up the time commuters spend at the wheel when there is no school traffic on the roads reveals a spectacular figure of 273 years saved each morning for Britain as a whole.

Around 32 million people are in work and the Department for Transport says 67% of them commute by car. BuyaCar.co.uk polled more than 500 drivers and found that 53% say their journey to work is significantly quicker during school holidays.

More than half of Britain’s 21.7 million car commuters will save at least five minutes each morning.

Just over 12% said their journey times improve by at least five minutes. Another 14% put the figure at up to ten minutes – the most common figure cited by drivers in the survey. A similar number said they would save 15 minutes each morning. And the rest estimated savings of up to 20 minutes or more.

“We are all familiar with anecdotal stories of how much quieter the roads are during school holidays but we believe this is the first time the full extent of the time saved has been revealed,” said Austin Collins, Managing Director of BuyaCar.co.uk.