Doesn’t it seem as if there are less cars on the road lately? If you have been curious about this, your not alone. It seems less and less people are driving recently. We discuss the statistics and the reasons people have for giving up their normal commutes.
Are there actually less people on the road
Life is back to normal, shut downs have stopped but it seems like life hasn’t gone completely back to normal just yet. Traffic was at an all time high for large cities pre-pandemic. While this hasn’t stopped completely, traffic levels are not as bad as they once were pre COVID. The fact is that less people are doing their daily drive. In a recent study by civic science, it was found that 33% of people are driving less. Another study by yahoo finances suggest that it is actually closer to 50% of Americans choosing to drive less. Why such an dramatic drop in drivers and what does this mean for the future of cars?
Work from home has changed work commutes
A big reason why we see less cars on the road is the change in work life brought on by Covid 19. More people are working from home than ever. Even is workers are not completely remote, most company has adapted to a partially remote style of work. Almost 1/3 of Americans report working from home more than they were pre-pandemic.
Previously only around 7% of the U.S. workforce worked from home. As of the end of 2020 around 58.6% are now either permanently working from home or are in a hybrid style work environment. The majority of companies doesn’t see this coming to an end any time soon. Remote work is becoming more and more popular and shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, remote workers tend to be happier with their employees vs in office workers.
Gas has gone to an all time high in recent months. Unfortunately, these high prices don’t seem to have an end in sight. The national average is a record $4.316 per gallon, according to AAA, and one record keeps breaking another. The obviously answer to if this is affecting how much people drive is “YES!!” but just how much is it changing things? Around 50% of U.S. drivers are reporting less drive time due to high gas prices.
Driving habits you can implement to help save gas:
- Avoid sudden stops and starts
- Don’t drive aggressively! Speeding and slowing down and reduce your gas by 15-30% more than taking it slow
- Shut off car when standing
- Take it slow
- Drop the load. Keep you car as light as possible, especially if you have anything strapped to the top of your vehicle
Remember to drive safely
Just because people are driving less doesn’t mean the roads are any less dangerous. In fact, compared to pre pandemic stats, roads are just dangerous as before. Remember to keep you eyes on the road and always drive defensively.
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