Brits are driving less at the moment because of the national lockdown restrictions, but our love affair with driving is stronger than ever, according to a new poll of 2,000 UK car owners.
The survey, commissioned by Volkswagen Financial Services UK, revealed that 83 per cent of drivers have always had a love for driving, with a third feeling that their love of driving has grown with age.
It also seems that our cars have become a place of refuge from work – and a music venue— with one in five saying they wish they could spend more time driving as it allows them to sing out loud without the embarrassment of being overheard. However, a quarter of motorists prefer to drive in silence and enjoy the quiet time it gives them.
But it’s bad news for passengers, as just over half of drivers consider ‘alone time’ in the car to be just as good as some quality me-time. 44 per cent of drivers prefer to be alone while behind the wheel, with only 19 per cent saying they prefer company in the car.
Dan James, from Volkswagen Financial Services UK, said: “For a lot of people, the love of driving still exists.
“There are those who have learned to love it, and those who have always had a love for it. It’s one of the very few places we can take some time out from our busy everyday lives, find some simplicity in a complex world, relax and clear our minds, and just focus on the road ahead.
“For many this has become more apparent recently as they no longer have the journey to and from work, missing out on that valuable time to unwind after leaving the office before they get home to family life.”
Lockdown has seen time spent behind the wheel drop by almost half, with the average driver spending just two hours and 48 minutes in their car each week, compared to almost four-and-a-half hours pre-Covid.
Dan James added: “People are looking forward to getting back out on the road again when they can and enjoying some of those things that we’ve missed about spending time in the car.
“We make it as simple as possible for people to have access to driving, however and wherever they need it, to keep the love affair for driving alive.”