One fifth of drivers have indicated they will use their cars less once the lockdown is over, as part of a raft of lifestyle changes.
New research from an AA-Populus poll of nearly 20,000 drivers has found 22% will drive less post-lockdown, while only 1% will drive more.
However, in line with research indicating that a fifth of people will also use public transport less, it could be active travel that benefits the most; 36% of respondents in the AA research said they will walk/cycle/run more.
The research shows the end of lockdown could also bring permanent changes to working practices. Currently, two-thirds (66%) of those surveyed are working from home but one-third (34%) are unable to do so. Overall, 11% of all respondents (including those who don’t work) said they would work from home more often once the lockdown is lifted, with this increasing to 23% amongst those aged 35-44.
Edmund King, AA president, said the changes would reduce congestion and bring environmental benefits, although there would still be a demand for new and used cars.
“Life after lockdown will be different. Some will shun public transport, others will drive less, more will cycle and walk, working from home will continue for many. Some drivers who have appreciated lower traffic noise, fewer and shorter journeys, may be prompted finally to buy an electric vehicle. All in all, life will return and the increase in car use in some areas instead of public transport will be countered by others realising that they can use their cars less by working from home or even walking and cycling more.”