More people are starting to use their cars despite the current lockdown rules, says motoring group RAC.
Since the lockdown began on 23 March, car use dropped significantly over the following weeks due to lockdown restrictions. Before we went into lockdown, the Prime Minister had previously said that timing was everything in the fight against coronavirus, as the public may experience lockdown fatigue if introduced too soon.
However, now weeks into the lockdown, motoring group RAC has released data that this may be occurring more as more people are driving cars this week compared to the second week of restrictions.
Emergency callouts also rose by 18% in the same period.
Blaming on “lockdown fatigue”. RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes “There is now mounting evidence that people are venturing back out in their vehicles.”
He also said boredom and “the sunny spring weather might also be enticing drivers back into their vehicles”.
“Additionally, some who are indoors might have chosen to carry out home maintenance and DIY, so have taken an opportunity to visit DIY stores that are now open.”
The data comes from an analysis of ‘black box’ information. It showed that 11% more cars were on the road, with 23% more miles driven. The use of the RAC’s Routeplanner is also increasing, suggesting that people may be planning more trips.
Mr. Lyes said, “Our data clearly shows a slight, but nonetheless steady, rise in the number of drivers using their vehicles, and the distances they are travelling in them daily, compared with earlier in the lockdown.”
Bank holiday weekend warnings
This analysis comes as Britain starts a sunny bank holiday weekend. The latest advice is to stay at home and act responsibly during this time. But many are speculating what will be announced on Sunday as Boris Johnson addresses the public on lockdown measures.
Many authorities, emergency services, and organisations are urging the public to heed the government’s advice. Minister for North Wales, Ken Skates aid yesterday I’d like to thank everyone who is following the regulations. You are all playing your part in saving lives and protecting the NHS.
As we approach the bank holiday weekend, the message continues to be, stay home and avoid all unnecessary travel. Lives depend on it.
The attractions of North Wales will still be here to be enjoyed once all this is over, and we look forward to welcoming visitors when, and only when, it’s safe to do so. But for now, the only thing for all of us to do is to stay home, stay safe, and save lives.
Tomorrow is a bank holiday because of the 75th anniversary of VE Day. There are many ways we can mark this special day at home by observing the two minutes’ silence at 11am and sharing stories and memories on social media.”
While several media outlets are reporting that officials are requesting the official ‘Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives’ mantra to be removed from websites and social media on Saturday night. It is urged that it is vital the public stick to the rules until further notice.