COVID-19 Impacts Drivers State-By-State

Mojio recently released a new project that examines COVID-19’s impact on driving behavior. The project analyzes vehicle usage, which has decreased since the virus began to spread according to the company’s data, at both nationwide and state-by-state levels.

Mojio designs, develops and delivers connected mobility solutions through its research and data on connected vehicles, according to the company.

“Our aim is to better understand how we are using our cars at an aggregate level during this pandemic, while also looking at the impacts on a state (USA) and provincial (Canada) level, to determine whether the data and insights can be used to better measure and/or inform social distancing policies moving forward,” said Kyle MacDonald, Mojio marketing vice president. According to MacDonald, the company will continue to update its website in the coming weeks with new statistics and data.

Stay-At-Home Orders

At least 42 states and three countries have had stay-at-home orders announced by government leaders in an effort to help minimize the virus’s spread, while supporting social distancing efforts. According to Mojio’s data, there has been a 38.4% decrease in total trips taken. “This massive change is creating ripple effects across the automotive value chain, from fueling stations and maintenance and repair shops, to insurance carriers and even auto manufacturers,” a portion of the company’s research reads.

The nationwide decrease in trips seems to be flattening off, according to the company’s research. Both New York and New Jersey have had the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and are amongst the top five states, according to Mojio’s research, to have changed its driving behavior. There has been a 45.9% driving decrease in New York and a 44% driving decrease in New Jersey. Meanwhile, Vermont drivers have decreased their amount of trips by 61.5% — the highest amount thus far. South Dakota has seen a 45.3% decrease in its total trips taken. But not all states have a stay-at-home order in place. Iowa, has seen the smallest change in vehicle usage, decreasing by only 22.7% while also being a state without a stay-at-home order in place.


“Canadians have been responding strongly to emergency orders in every province and territory, as well as to clear social distancing guidance from the Prime Minister,” a portion of the company’s research reads.

The weekly volume of trips for the country has went down by 42.6% when compared to the average index from February. Both Quebec and Ontario are the two provinces with the highest volume of confirmed COVID-19 cases and, according to the company’s research, are seeing changes in vehicle usage, with trips decreasing by 54.5% and 41.6% respectively.

To view the Mojio’s data, click here.

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