The motoring world is changing. The days of the traditional ‘point and shoot’ car are slowly diminishing. Nowadays, cars come loaded with driving aids and tech that’s supposed to make the daily commute as hassle-free as possible – not to mention an increase in semi and fully-autonomous cars, along with a sharp rise in electric-powered vehicles (EV). For some drivers, this can all seem rather daunting. I mean, who needs all this new tech, right?
A recent YouGov survey was carried out for Aviva Insurance which put various questions to drivers and the results might surprise you.
1. THE USE OF DASH CAMS
Dash cams are a handy bit of kit that can help you win an insurance claim in the event of a collision that’s wasn’t your fault. Without one, it’s simply your word against the other driver(s). A chunky 57% of survey participants currently don’t use a dash cam but would consider one in the future.
For the small majority that currently one, the main reason (76%) for having a dash cam is to have proof of what happened in case of any incidents on the road. This is shortly followed by 60% who have a camera installed to protect themselves from fraudulent ‘crash for cash’ scams.
2. IN-CAR TECHNOLOGY
56% of people agreed that vehicle technology can help for specific skills such as reversing or parallel parking with 49% of those believing that vehicle technology can make a positive difference. Only a handful of participants believe that vehicle tech doesn’t really make a difference and a some believe that car tech can be very distracting.
Predictably, the vast majority of people told the survey that the most commonly used piece of in-car equipment was Bluetooth/hands-free technology for phone calls. These results were shortly followed by rear parking sensors.
3. THE USE OF MOBILE PHONES WHILST DRIVING
The use of a mobile phone in the UK is quite a controversial topic. 48% of drivers said that they never use their phone whilst driving. This was followed behind by 33% of participants who stated that they only use it for hands-free calling. On the contrast, a small 13% said that they only use a phone whilst stationary at traffic lights – this is likely to be a lot higher than figures suggest, according to police statistics.
4. SELF-DRIVING CARS
The idea of being behind the wheel of a self-driving car appears to be quite daunting to the majority of us. In fact, a combined total of 63% of those surveyed said that the chances of them using a driverless car would be ‘not at all likely’ and ‘not very likely’.
When asked about their concerns, 39% of drivers said that they would prefer to be in physical control of their car and 29% said that they wouldn’t want to be driving on the roads with non-autonomous cars around them.
5. ELECTRIC VEHICLES (EV)
The EV race is currently heating up across the motoring market. With almost every manufacturer now offering at least one electric vehicle, customers are almost spoilt for choice. However, many still believe that they’re either too expensive still or not adequate for long-distance driving. 32% of those surveyed said that they’d likely buy an EV, along with 24% saying that they’d very likely buy one. The rest of the results are a bit of a mixed-bag – with people saying that they’d not likely buy an EV, along with others who just don’t know yet.
When asked their reason for making the electric switch, 84% said that they want to be more eco-friendly. This is closely followed 69% of drivers looking to save on fuel costs and 54% of those surveyed anticipating future trends, such as all cars becoming electric in the future, or increases in tolls and charges for fuel-driven cars.
Concerns for people interested in buying cars vary from range-anxiety, a lack of charging points, long charging times and high purchase prices for EVs.