Survey Reveals 45% of U.S. Drivers Fill Up Once a Month

The vast majority of their trips are for groceries, medications and other necessary supplies.

June 24, 2020

LOS ANGELES—New survey data on American driving and auto fueling habits shows that motorists are fueling up far less frequently than they did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The results show that most American drivers are reluctant to resume normal activity despite quarantine sanctions being loosened or lifted.

Prior to the pandemic, 56% of survey respondents filled up at least once a week, and 11% filled up once a month or less, according to HONK Technologies. Currently, just 25% of respondents fill up at least once a week, and 45% fill up once per month or less.

Additionally, when motorists do drive somewhere, few are making trips beyond what is necessary for day-to-day needs. When asked what destinations they had driven to in the prior seven days, 83% said they had driven to a grocery store, pharmacy or some other store for necessary supplies. Just 17% had gone shopping, 21% to outdoor recreation activities, 25% to a restaurant or cafe, 31% to visit family or friends and 32% to go to work. Just 4% did not go out at all.

The online survey of motorists was conducted by HONK Technologies from May 15 to June 4. HONK provides a roadside assistance platform that connects drivers, towing professionals and insurers.