According to a recent study carried out by the RAC, nearly 6 out of 10 (57%) drivers in the UK are more dependent on their cars now than they were in March 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. With this increased reliance on cars, a second lockdown and the colder weather of the autumn and winter months, the threat of faulty car batteries is a very real issue. For convenience and safety, motorists should make sure they have a reliable car battery; and Varta batteries in the UK are known as being one of the most dependable brands around. If you’re having trouble starting your car or your battery won’t hold its charge, you can order a new Varta battery online and have it delivered to your doorstep with no fuss through Orius Batteries.
People are increasingly relying on their private cars as a way to get around, it’s thought, because they’re unwilling to risk using the public transport system in the light of the ongoing threat of coronavirus. As part of their survey, the RAC established that the percentage of motorists who are hesitant to use public transport and instead rely on their cars is the highest in 18 years.
The RAC poll showed there were three specific groups that were most likely to say they needed a car more today than they did back in March, before the pandemic hit. These people are young drivers; those living in London; and those with less than 10 years of driving experience.
The percentage of motorists who now rely on their cars for shopping has ballooned from 54% before the pandemic to 68% now, despite the tremendous growth in home delivery services over the last eight months. The use of private cars for personal reasons such as seeing friends and family also escalated from 45% in 2019 to 59% this year.
On the other hand, commuting by car recorded a drop of 3% on last year, from 67% to 64%. Rising numbers of motorists are expecting to work from home more often than before; and around a third of respondents say that they will be working from their own homes for the foreseeable future.
According to the RAC, the decrease in the use of public transport represents a ‘seismic shift’ when compared to the last few years. It also shows the concerns people have about their own safety, especially when it comes to crowding on public transport systems.
Rod Dennis, RAC data insight spokesperson, said that even with lower traffic volumes, the pandemic appears to have strengthened the bond between the drivers and their cars ? making public transport less appealing to use than ever.
He also added that without collaborative effort from government and local councils, the pandemic threatens to put “efforts to encourage drivers out of their cars for some trips back by years”.
Dennis added that even before the coronavirus, drivers complained that public transport fares were often too high and services didn’t run on time, the primary reasons why people choose to drive their private cars instead. And that situation has only been made worse by the pandemic.
Choosing The Right Battery For Your Car This Winter
With the winter weather on its way, and people using their cars more than ever, now’s the time to check your existing car battery. Older batteries that may have not been used as much during lockdown can be liable to let you down, especially on those frosty mornings.
If your battery is three or more years old, start shopping for newer, more reliable units such as Varta batteries in the UK. You can get Varta and other big brands for any make and model of car here at Orius Batteries.
As well as a host of first-class batteries, Orius also offers the best in customer service. Our online store makes Varta battery shopping for your car easy.
It takes minutes to place your order, and your battery is then delivered right to your doorstep. Check out our website and the discounts we have available to help you power your car, and all from the comfort of your own home!