According to recent figures, fewer drivers stopped driving every day than when the coronavirus was first locked.
In the first week of the final restrictions, there were around 10% more cars in daily use compared to the lockdown that began in March 2020. This was the result of a RAC analysis of the journeys made by Black Box Insurance customers.
However, in the seven days starting January 5 of this year, car usage was still 22% lower than in February 2020 before the virus outbreak.
The information from the separate Ministry of Transport shows that car use on Monday, a week after the third block was announced, was 56% of the normal level.
The number for March 30, a week after the initial lockdown started, was 33%.
Traffic is similar to what it was in mid-May last year, when coronavirus rules were relaxed and people were asked to return to work if they couldn’t work from home.
Bus usage outside London is 26% of normal compared to 12% on March 30th.
There have been calls for stricter restrictions on coronavirus cases.
Rod Dennis, spokesman for RAC Data Insight, said, “Although there is another coronavirus lockdown currently in place across the UK, our data shows that the number of cars in use has not decreased as much as it did when restrictions were first introduced was the case last March.
“The feeling of this recent nationwide lockdown is very different from what was first imposed in 2020. More people are working in Covid-safe workplaces, more shops are offering click-and-collect services, and more children of key workers are attending schools.
“With so many avoiding public transport, far more people will inevitably choose the safer environment around the car. Together, these differences help explain the busier roads.
“Still, it is important that drivers think carefully before using their vehicles and make sure they are only making essential journeys outlined in government policies.
“Every unnecessary trip increases the likelihood of a breakdown, or worse, a collision in traffic and increases the risk of our emergency and health personnel coming under pressure.”