During the lockdown we saw a somewhat revolutionary move from long commute to work to short walks from the bed to the desk as many people transitioned to a completely remote set-up. Evidently, this meant that a lot of people’s routines no longer involved driving, and transport services such as taxis and trains were no longer viable, and driving schools in Basingstoke and elsewhere, had to temporarily shut up shop.
According to the Office of National Statistics it was in fact around 46.6% of the UK’s workforce that were no longer on the busy commute to and from work, which works out to about 13.5 million workers. Findandfundmycar.com found that the lack of traffic on UK roads between March and August last year resulted in drivers saving more than £1 billion on fuel. Their survey illustrated that over half the population chose to put this money into their savings, with the rest able to spend what they had saved into the higher bills accrued from working at home. It also showed that there seems to be long-lasting shift in attitude towards the morning commute:
43% of drivers said that the lockdown has made them more mindful of their carbon footprint, and would prefer to cause less pollution via personal transport in future. 55% said the additional time was a boon. Head of findandfundmycar.com, Phil Morgan said that ‘the amount of time and money that can be saved or spent elsewhere from not commuting is great, and it really helps employees get a better work life balance.’