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Less than 1 in 5 drivers returned to pre-pandemic driving habits

Less than 1 in 5 drivers returned to pre-pandemic driving habits

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About one in five of the 2,060 people taking part said they now walk more instead of using the car

Pre-pandemic driving behaviour


Less than 20 per cent of drivers have returned to their pre-pandemic driving behaviour, according to a new survey.

 

About one in five of the 2,060 people taking part in the survey for GoCompare Car Insurance said they now walk more instead of using the car, and plan to keep this habit going in the future.

 

A further seven per cent revealed that the number of cars in their household had reduced since the pandemic began.

 

Ryan Fulthorpe, car insurance expert at GoCompare said: “In the past 18 months, with varying travel restrictions in place, our lives have centred largely around our homes and the immediate area. And as a result, a significant proportion of motorists are now using their car less, with just 18 per cent of drivers saying that they have returned to pre-pandemic driving habits.

 

“Our quote data shows a similar picture, with a larger share of those looking for car insurance now selecting a smaller annual mileage. It’s clear that the restrictions in place throughout most of 2020 and into 2021 have led some people to change their driving habits and even reduce the number of cars in the household.”

 

Analysis of GoCompare’s insurance data shows a large increase in the number of drivers getting quotes for lower annual mileage.

 

When comparing January 2018 with January 2021, the proportion of people saying they do between 1,000 and 5,000 miles per year had increased 14 per cent, while those doing between 11,000 and 15,000 had dropped 20 per cent in the same period.