Survey says: 75% of Americans use cars to escape those they live with
It seems privacy has become a big issue during the ongoing crisis
Like many of us, the majority of Americans have been closed-in as a result of the ongoing worldwide health crisis. During times like this, privacy and escapism become a big issue, and Americans have been turning to one place in particular for some time alone - their cars.
According to a survey by TrueCar, a massive 73% of Americans surveyed admitted to using their vehicle as a means of escaping from their home and the people they live with in order to get some time by themselves.
Leisure drives are becoming increasingly important to American drivers. Image via Unsplash
Alongside using their vehicles as a means of escape, 56% of those surveyed were thankful to be able to have use of their vehicle to take leisurely drives. With so many people previously seeing cars as merely a method of getting from A to B, it will be interesting to see how 'leisure car' ownership rises as a result of this situation.
It seems that the attitude towards cars is indeed shifting, though it is hard to tell whether that is as a direct result of the current situation. 68% of participants in the TrueCar survey see their cars as an extension of the family, whilst 35% admit to naming their vehicles.
The driving seat has become a makeshift office for many. Image via Unsplash
With so many working from home, it seems cars have also become the de-facto make-shift office outside of the home, as it was the only private space workers could take phone calls. 37% of those surveyed admitted to using their vehicles to take phone calls, whilst 32% had actually turned their driving seat into a makeshift office.
So if you see a car on the driveway with a welcome mat outside the door, clearly it's masquerading as an office!