Changes in the Behavior of Individual Car Users in Poland as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tomasz Rokicki, Piotr Borawski, Aneta Beldycka-Borawska, András Szeberenyi, Olena Kulykovets, Agata Zak
European Research Studies Journal, Volume XXVIΙ, Issue 3, 27-37, 2024
DOI: 10.35808/ersj/3421


Purpose: The aim of the article is to determine changes in the behaviour and preferences of individual automotive consumers as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The specific objectives are characterise the group of individual car users, showing preferences in the use of cars by individual users before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, presening plans and intentions regarding car purchases, determine the nature and durability of changes in the behaviour of individual car users. Design/Methodology/Approach: Car users with a driving licence were purposively selected for the study. The data source was 450 online surveys conducted in June 2023. Surveys were shared through social media and car user groups. Findings: As a result of the COVID- pandemic, car users have stopped using their cars for commuting to work and school. Weekly driving time behind the wheel also decreased. The pandemic did not result in a change in the main areas of car travel or in the main reasons for purchasing a car. Changes in the behaviour and preferences of individual car users during the COVID-19 pandemic were short-lived. Practical implications: The results will fill a gap regarding changes in car user behaviour and preferences during the crisis. Originality/Value: New information on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the behaviour of car users has been emerged.

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