Coronavirus: How does it affect motorists?

Added: 20 May 2020

Coronavirus and its impact on motorists Coronavirus: How does it affect motorists?

It is an understatement to say that life in the UK has changed massively in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. In this blog post, we are going to delve deeper into the impact on the motorists in the country and how the car industry has been affected. So, let’s take a look…

Emergency measures have been enacted by the Government in an attempt to try and stop the spread of this deadly virus. This has meant that shops selling non-essential goods have been closed. People have also been advised to stay at home unless they are making essential journeys, and gatherings of more than two people have also been banned. 

There have been a lot of rumours about the lockdown situation, with some expecting us to leave lockdown within the coming days, yet others predicting that we will be in lockdown until June considering the fact that the number of deaths in the UK is still fairly high. In fact, the UK is one of the most impacted countries around the world, and so saving lives, of course, has to be the priority. 

No matter how the move to a lockdown-free Britain occurs, there is no denying that it will be gradual, and it is going to take time for us to return to a life we once knew. We can certainly expect social distancing and different health and safety rules to be in place for the rest of the year, and this is certainly going to have an impact on motorists and car production companies.

In the automotive industry at present, virtually all car brands have paused production on their cars around Europe. Dealerships have also closed their doors. Fewer vehicles are on the road as well due to the advice from the government that we should all avoid any sort of travel that is not deemed essential. 

However, we have also seen some other changes that may not have been anticipated. For example, twice as many car batteries have been fitted during the lockdown. This is something that Kwik Fit, the garage chain, has announced. When compared with April 2019, they fitted 100 per cent more batteries in 2020. This is because cars aren’t running long enough for the batteries to be recharged properly. Those who aren’t using their vehicles are advised to turn their engine on and let it run for 15 minutes once or twice per week. 

We have also seen that dealers are still selling vehicles, albeit remotely. A lot of dealerships are offering virtual car tours. In fact, Skoda have announced that they will be doing a virtual showroom for their Skoda Octavia in July, whereby members of their company will be offering video tours that they will be conducting from their very own drives.

As you can see, there have been some significant changes in the world of motors, and we expect that these changes will continue for the foreseeable future. Have you noticed any differences for motorists and the motor sector that you weren’t expecting?