Australians drive to the moon and back 300,000 times in 2012

Posted by: Cal on 23/04/2013

Category: General

If you've ever wondered just how hard your car or truck tyres work for you, consider this - Australian vehicles travelled an estimated 232,453 million kilometres last year.

That's according to data released this week (April 23) by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Just how far is that, you ask? Well, in order to put that sort of mileage on your odometer, you'd need to drive to the moon and back more than 300,000 times.

If you don't have your space travel licence, you could instead drive around the equator 5.8 million times.

Can't be bothered dealing with customs? That's fine - just drive between Sydney and Melbourne 265 million-odd times. That'll do the trick!

Now that is a lot of ground to cover in one year - and just think about all the dead bugs you'd need to clean off the windshield once you get home.

Of course, it took more than one vehicle to rack up that kind of mileage. There were 16.6 million registered motor vehicles in 2012 and each vehicle travelled an average of 14,000 km.

Passenger vehicles accounted for 72 per cent of the total distance travelled; business vehicles made up one third.