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The impact of lockdown on transport

We recently sent out a survey to our temporary car insurance customers to see how lockdown has affected their driving habits. Check out the infographic below for more information…

Sophie Bennett
by Sophie Bennett

We recently sent out a survey to our temporary car insurance customers to see how lockdown has affected their driving habits. Check out the infographic below for more information:

Driving during lockdown

It’s not surprising that most people are driving less with 36.66% of respondents driving a lot less, and 20.61% are driving a bit less.

The majority (52.48%) are happy when driving and have found driving during lockdown easier than normal (49.43%).

Have people been sharing a car during lockdown?

Only 13.43% of respondents used to car share with someone outside of their household, with an average increase in transport costs of £124 from no longer being able to car share. But 54.22% of respondents that don’t already car share said they would consider car sharing after lockdown ends, the top factors being that it’s cost-effective (45.55%) and better for the environment (41.14%)! 

Are people still planning on buying a car during lockdown?

Interestingly, 7.20% of respondents were going to buy a car but have changed their mind due to lockdown.

What’s the impact on public transport usage during lockdown?

36.6% reported using public transport less, 37.17% reported actively avoiding public transport and 12.62% are using it less due to less journeys being run. Do you think this will continue once businesses and offices re-open, or will people remain encouraged to use other transport methods?

Are people using other forms of transport?

Are you taking the opportunity to get outside more? So are most respondents! 54.81% said they are walking more in lockdown, 24.58% have been cycling more.

Despite the recent hype about electric scooters, less than 1% of respondents were planning on buying one.

Have there been changes to behaviour with cars during lockdown?

  • 66.87% of people are carrying antibacterial gel with them when driving.
  • 22.62% are cleaning their cars more often. 
  • 24.7% of respondents reported wearing a facemask whilst driving.
  • 12.56% have been borrowing a car.
  • 17.68% have been wearing gloves.
  • 14.7% are driving with their windows open.
  • 8.74% keep their windows closed in traffic.

Are people saving money on transport during lockdown?

Lockdown has allowed a lot of people to save some money on expenses, such as fuel or train tickets. Respondents have saved an average of £179 on transport!  

Sophie Bennett
Sophie Bennett

I've worked at Veygo for 5 months, I can't drive just yet but I'm learning! My driving pet hate is when people forget to use their indicators.

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