Disruption during the Covid crisis changed Britain’s driving habits, but motorists emerged loving their cars even more, according to Auto Express.
Two years on from Britain’s first Covid lockdown, a third of all drivers appreciate their car more than ever, even though a majority drive less often for leisure and personal reasons today than before the pandemic.
The research by Auto Express also reveals that 25% of people are now commuting less by car and driving less for work. However, the increase in hybrid working has changed nothing for the driving habits of 71%.
But the surprising finding which will come as music to the ears of a beleaguered motor industry is that 34% of drivers appreciate their car more than they did before the pandemic.
This boost in pro-car sentiment comes even as a total of 76% report that they are driving less for work or leisure than before the crisis hit.
Key to the popularity of car ownership is freedom and independence, which ranked far above factors such as convenience, practicality or even the desire to maintain social distance by avoiding public transport.
The status of having your own car was rated as the least important aspect of car ownership, ranking even below the benefit of greater privacy than on public transport.