Despite the rise of working from home, we are still MORE dependent on our cars than ever in the last 15 years, a survey shows.

  • A RAC poll revealed that 82% of respondents would struggle to live without a car. 
  • This is an increase of 79 percent last year and 74% in 2019.
  • Rural drivers are more dependent on their cars (87%).  
  • Just 46 per cent would use their car less even with better buses and trains 

A new survey shows that our dependence on cars has reached an all-time high of 15 years, despite a dropin commuting. 

An annual RAC poll of motorists revealed that more than four-fifths (82%) said they would struggle to find a vehicle.   

This is an increase of 79 percent last year and 74% in 2019, and it is the highest level since 2006. 

68% of those who rely on cars say that visiting family and friends is too far for them to walk or bike.  

57% of respondents claimed that the car is faster than any other options, while 53% stated that there are no public transport options.

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)

A RAC annual poll of motorists found more than 4 out of 5 (82%) of respondents said that they would struggle to get a car (stock photo)

Rural drivers are more likely (87%) to be dependent on cars than those who live near cities (77%).  

A survey of 2,652 UK motorists found that people won’t return to driving five days a work week.  

Only 32 percent of respondents indicated that they will drive to work in the future, compared to 49% prior the coronavirus epidemic. 

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

A survey of 2,652 UK motorists suggested that people won’t return to driving five days a work week.

The average number of commute days was three.  

It seems that drivers have become more hostile to public transport.  

The survey revealed that less than half (46%) of respondents said they would use their car less if bus or train services were better, down from 59% three years ago.  

45 percent of respondents said they expect to use public transport less in the future due to the pandemic.  

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

45 percent said they expected to travel less by public transport in the future because of the pandemic

Rod Dennis, RAC Data Intelligence spokesperson, stated: “Many drivers clearly anticipate that hybrid working will become a norm, which could have a profound affect on the overall number of vehicles on roads during the week.

“It’s evident how important the car to so many people, a relation that seems to have strengthened because of Covid-19.

“A greater percentage of drivers than ever before say they would find it difficult to live without one.

“In so many cases, a car is faster, safer, and more practical for the distances people travel, regardless of whether they’re going to the local supermarket just a few miles away, or to visit family and friends on the other side.

“If policymakers thought that getting drivers out of their cars was like climbing up a hill, then our research shows they now have a mountain to climb.”