Automobile: solo car journeys have increased in one year

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While public authorities are trying to implement strategies to encourage motorists to favor carpooling, road users are still very numerous in favor of “solo driving”.

There is still a long way to go to limit car use according to a recent study by Vinci Autoroutes. Indeed, “autosolism”, in other words the fact of being alone in one’s car, has increased by nearly 3% in one year, rising from 82.6% to 85.2%. Concretely, this means that out of ten cars, more than eight are occupied by only one person. This phenomenon mainly concerns home-work journeys between 7 am and 8.30 am This observation was made possible thanks to the cameras placed above the motorways.

One of the explanations put forward by the Vinci Autoroutes group is that the shorter the journey, less than 45 minutes, the less motorists are inclined to waste time and wait for a possible passenger who could delay their arrival at work. On the other hand, as soon as one leaves home-work journeys, the French practice carpooling more easily, especially when it comes to leisure or holidays.

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