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.