More than one-fifth of British adults would be practically unable to get to work without a car, according to new research.

A survey of more than 2,000 UK adults found that commuting on public transport would be almost impossible for 20 percent of the workforce, meaning around 10.5 million people could be totally dependent on their cars for getting to work.

Welsh commuters are most likely to depend on their cars, with almost one-third (30 percent) of those quizzed saying they couldn’t get to work if they didn’t have one.

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It was a similar story in Northern Ireland, where just over a quarter (27 percent) of respondents said a car was essential to their commute. In contrast, just one in every 10 Londoners said their commute was dependent on a car. 

However, it seems that commuting is not the only challenge Britons would face were they deprived of their wheels. Some 10 percent of respondents said they needed their motor to get to their nearest town centre, while 18 percent said they would be unable to reach their local supermarket without a car and 14 percent would not be able to visit their GP.

It’s perhaps unsurprising, therefore, that 16 percent of those questioned said they were unhappy with their public transport links.

Rob Miles, director of car insurance at Direct Line, said: ‘This research shows that while public transport has improved in many areas, there are still perceived issues with accessibility, reliability and quality in some places. This makes a large number of people dependent on their car to make short but vital trips, such as going to work, dropping the children off at school or visiting the supermarket.’