Traffic Volumes Rise And Rise
by Becky Harrison |
posted 09 July 2021
While car traffic volumes on weekdays remain lower than pre-pandemic levels, official figures show that in June, the number of weekend journeys exceeded the pre-Covid figures, and new research for Kwik Fit reveals the factors behind the weekend boom.
In June, despite the country not yet facing full freedoms, average weekend car journey volumes were at 105% of the Saturday and Sunday levels in the equivalent pre pandemic week. In comparison, with many people still working from home, traffic on weekdays was on average 6% lower. Almost 7.4 million drivers say they are driving less at the weekend than before the pandemic, but these are surpassed by those making more leisure trips.
Over 5.1 million drivers say they are spending more on weekend trips as they don’t think they will be having a big summer holiday this year. Being unable to see friends and family for so long is a driving factor for almost as many drivers (5.1 million), who are making up for lost time with weekend trips to loved ones. 4.3 million drivers say the risk of catching Covid on public transport is leading them to opt for the car at weekends more often than they did previously.
The research found that the months of restrictions have led to 4 million drivers travelling further away from home for weekend leisure trips by car as they want to make the most of their free time. Those previous restrictions have left their mark on many drivers - 3.8 million are wary that Covid measures may return and say that they want to get out and about while they can.
Among the other reasons given for driving more at the weekend is the actual experience of being behind the wheel. 3.4 million drivers say they enjoy driving and as they are doing less of it during the week, they want to take advantage of the weekends. The reopening of shops has also helped increase weekend car journeys, with 2.8 million drivers saying they have made more shopping trips than they did during pre-pandemic weekends.