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RAC survey finds we are MORE reliant on our cars than at any time in last 15 years


We are MORE reliant on our cars than at any time in last 15 years despite the rise in working from home, survey shows

  • RAC poll found 82 per cent of respondents said they would struggle without a car 
  • The figure is up from 79 per cent last year and 74 per cent in 2019
  • Rural drivers are more likely to be dependent on their cars (87 per cent)  
  • Just 46 per cent would use their car less even with better buses and trains 










Our reliance on cars has reached a 15-year high despite a drop in commuting, according to a new survey. 

An annual RAC poll of motorists found that more than four out of five (82 per cent) of respondents said they would struggle without access to a car.   

The figure is up from 79 per cent last year and 74 per cent in 2019 and is at the highest level since 2006. 

Of those who rely on cars, 68 per cent said visiting friends and relatives is too far a distance to walk or cycle.  

Some 57% said the car is quicker than other options, and 53% said there are no feasible public transport services.

An annual RAC poll of motorists found that more than four out of five (82 per cent) of respondents said they would struggle without access to a car (stock image)

Rural drivers are more likely to be dependent on their cars (87 per cent) than those who live in towns and cities (77 per cent).  

The survey of 2,652 UK motorists also seemed to suggest that people will not return to commuting five days a week.  

Just 32 per cent of respondents said they will drive to an office or workplace every working day in the future, compared with 49 per cent before the coronavirus pandemic. 

On average, the expected number of commuting days was three.  

The survey of 2,652 UK motorists also seemed to suggest that people will not return to commuting five days a week

The survey of 2,652 UK motorists also seemed to suggest that people will not return to commuting five days a week

Also, seems that drivers’ negative attitudes towards public transport have hardened.  

The survey found that fewer than half (46 per cent) said they would use their car less even if bus and train services improved, down from 59 per cent three years ago.  

And 45 per cent said they expect to travel by public transport less in future as a result of the pandemic.  

And 45 per cent said they expect to travel by public transport less in future as a result of the pandemic

And 45 per cent said they expect to travel by public transport less in future as a result of the pandemic

RAC data insight spokesman, Rod Dennis, said: ‘Many drivers clearly expect that hybrid working will become the norm, which could have a profound effect on the overall volume of vehicles on the roads during the week.

‘It’s also clear just how important the car is to so many people, a relationship that appears to have strengthened due to Covid-19.

‘A greater proportion of drivers than ever say they’d find it hard to live without one.

‘In so many cases, the car is faster, more reliable and is really the only feasible option for the sorts of distances people travel, whether that’s to the local supermarket a few miles away or to see friends and family on the other side of the country.

‘If the challenge faced by policymakers in getting drivers out of their cars before the pandemic was akin to trekking up a steep hill, our research suggests they now have a veritable mountain to climb.’

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