54% of Americans Think the Average Driver is Worse than Before the Pandemic, According to Verra Mobility Survey
- 40% feel less safe on the road than they did before the pandemic began in 2020
- Survey of 2,000
U.S.drivers aged 25+ looked at vehicle ownership and perceptions around commuting and public transportation post-Covid
In addition, 40% of Americans feel less safe on the roads than they did before the pandemic began in 2020.
When asked specifically about rush hour traffic, only 15% of responders said rush hour traffic has improved, with more than twice the number of people, 34%, saying it is worse.
While the pandemic caused many people to isolate and have fewer interactions, patience on
These survey findings correlate with alarming statistics around rising traffic deaths. Over the last three years, an average of 114 fatal car crashes occurred every day. In 2022, there was an average of 117 fatal car accidents per day compared to 118 daily fatalities in 2021, exceeding the 2020 average of 107 fatal car accidents per day.
The survey also looked at vehicle ownership and perceptions around commuting and public transportation. While remote work spurred a decrease in commuting, the survey results showed people did not part with their vehicles. The majority of households retained their vehicle(s), with 65% stating that they currently own the same number of vehicles as they did before the pandemic. Only 13% of American households attributed the pandemic as the reason for owning fewer cars today.
While personal vehicles did not change much, public transportation seemed to decline. Of those surveyed, 28% use less rideshare services, and 31% use less public transportation. The number one reason for not using public transportation was said to be convenience.
"These numbers show that Americans have bigger safety and traffic concerns today than ever before," said
Earlier this year,
The survey highlights the need for cities, now more than ever, to adopt a Vision Zero mindset and assist communities in ensuring safer roads.
The data was derived from a survey by
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