New chart shows how coronavirus lockdown measures has dramatically cut car journeys

Coronavirus lockdown driving rules have seen mileage fall by 80 percent compared to averages taken just a couple of months ago. In data seen by, Waze has revealed Leeds recorded the highest drop in mileage across the UK. 


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Total mileage has declined by 85 percent across the area compared to an average taken in February.

The data shows Bristol has repeatedly been the lowest offending city for mileage levels as motorists stayed at home.

Analysing mileage data from London, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol. The Waze graph illustrates how journeys have changed. 

The graph clearly shows a sudden fall in the number of miles driven as soon as lockdown measures were introduced. 

The chart registers a small rise in the number of car journeys made by road users between March 22 and March 26.

There was also a sudden increase in mileage among motorists in Bristol between March 28 and March 31. 

However, data in the run up to the Easter weekend recorded slight decreases in traffic numbers.  

The sudden fall has begun to level out in some areas with London and Birmingham recording slightly higher averages. 

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Speaking to, Waze claims they have continued to support motorists who use the roads by making sure they are as safe as informed as possible. 

However, Wave encourages road users to follow lockdown measures to ensure journeys are made easier for those that need to travel. 

Speaking to, a spokesperson said: “At Waze, we are encouraging drivers to follow local government guidelines. 

“While making it easy for people who really do need to make essential journeys to get where they need to be.”


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Waze’s data is similar to recent analysis from the AA who revealed weekend journeys were around 80 percent lower than normal levels. 

Analysis has revealed car journeys are around 60 percent lower on ordinary weekdays and 70 percent lower on Saturdays. 

AA data has revealed car trips dropped to their lowest level yet on Easter Sunday with traffic at just 20 percent of normal levels. 

The AA analysis also revealed similar peaks on traffic just after the 26th March. 

AA President Edmund King said the empty motorways were a “testament” to those who had taken on the government advice. 

Mr King added that measures to contain journeys were helping to lower the number of journeys made by motorists. 

He said: “Overall, we expected some increase in car journeys after the initial collapse as essential workers and volunteers took to the road again. 

“However, the AA thinks that measures, such as police clamping down on cars parked at beauty spots away from where people live, may keep car journeys at their current low level for a while yet.”

Under new laws motorists may be stopped by police officers and fined if they are on a non-essential journey.

Motorists are allowed to use their car for essential journeys such as travelling to work if they are a key worker to visit a supermarket to collect food or medicine. 

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