How Often Do You Drive Your Car?

Mon 16th Nov 2020

Almost a quarter of UK car owners are driving their car every day, with a used car the vehicle of choice for the majority of the motoring public according to a new survey.

Eighty per cent of drivers are using their cars at least two days a week and 69 per cent are most likely to use a second-hand car.

The most popular choice of car in the UK continues to be a Ford, taking 16 per cent of those polled, closely followed by Vauxhal (11%) and Volkswagen (7%).

The poll which forms part of The RAC Report on Motoring listed some of the key reasons that the UK driver cannot live without their car, with socially distanced travel clearly amongst the top answers.

“Even with lower traffic volumes, the pandemic appears to have reinforced the bond between drivers and their cars – with public transport less attractive than ever,” said Rod Dennis from the RAC. “Motorists see having access to a car as being even more important for the trips they need to make, be that shopping for essentials or getting out to see family and friends in other parts of the country when restrictions allow.

“Without a concerted effort from government and local councils, the pandemic risks putting efforts to encourage drivers out of their cars for some trips back by years. Even before the coronavirus, drivers complained that public transport fares were often too high and services didn’t run when they needed them to. Now, for the first time since 2002, we have fewer drivers than ever saying they’re prepared to use public transport even if services improved – underlining just what a huge role the car continues to play in 2020.”