of Drivers Found Covid-19 Rules Confusing
What was the advice for drivers during lockdown?
With ever-changing regulations which vary by region and local lockdowns, it’s no surprise that 36.5% of UK drivers surveyed were confused as to what they can and can’t do. But what were the driving rules under lockdown? How have they changed over time and how does your location play a part?
Should you wear a face mask or covering whilst driving?
As stated above, one of the most effective ways of limiting the spread is to wear a face mask or face covering whilst travelling with someone outside of your household. 87% of drivers in our survey said they do not wear a face mask whilst driving.
An article published by Express.co.uk on 5th August 2020 stated that drivers could be fined £1,000 for wearing a face-covering behind the wheel. Could this be the reason why many drivers do not choose to wear a mask? If your vision is impaired by wearing a mask or by a mask fogging up your glasses, you could be putting yourself at risk of a hefty fine. Road users may be unable to react to or see road hazards which may result in an accident. This rule falls under distracted driving or driving without due care and attention.
of drivers in our survey said they do not wear a face mask whilst driving.
Should you buy a car during COVID-19?
Our recent consumer survey showed that over 80% of drivers had not bought, leased or financed a new/used car throughout COVID-19. Another article by AM-Online reports “Consumer research released from CarGuide has revealed that COVID-19 has stopped almost a third of UK drivers (32%) from changing their car in 2020.”
With many people still working from home where possible and local lockdown encouraging drivers to stay at home more, there are a number of households across the UK whose cars are spending more time on the driveway than on the road.
of drivers had not bought, leased or financed a new/used car throughout COVID-19.
What are the rules for lockdown 2.0?
From 5th November 2020, the UK went into a second national lockdown. During this lockdown, people were encouraged to stay at home again, but rules were not as strict and easier to understand.
Driving regulations which are allowed include:
- Travel for childcare or education
- Travelling to work if you cannot work from home
- Travel for exercise or visiting an outdoor place e.g. beach, park etc.
- Shopping for basic necessities such as food or medicine
- Visiting members of your support bubble or caring for vulnerable people
- You are encouraged to not travel with anyone who doesn’t live in your household
- Driving lessons and tests have been put on hold
- MOT and servicing can go ahead and there will be no extension