"The pandemic has forced Americans to rethink how we use cars, and why," said Mark Manzo, president of Ally Insurance. "Even though many of us are using our vehicles differently, cars are more vital than ever, serving as a source of solitude and providing a safe means of travel for us and our families."
When it comes to work-related driving, 45% are spending less time driving—or not driving at all—to and from work. Meanwhile, 26% of gig-job drivers, such as DoorDash or Instacart, have increased their time behind the wheel.
While driving plays an important role helping Americans ease their minds, Ally's survey finds that many car owners are dealing with stress concerning auto expenses.
More than half of drivers (57%) are worried about unexpected repair costs, and 58% may hold on to their current vehicle longer than originally planned. The survey results also highlighted the tough choices many car owners have made due to the pandemic: More than one in three (36%) have had to choose between a car payment or car repair.