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Driving down the curve

Sometimes the best driving is less driving—or not driving at all. As the COVID crisis continues to evolve and a growing number of stay-at-home orders are issued nationwide, Root customers are doing their part to flatten the curve by trading their daily commutes for the safety of their homes. In this report, we explore our latest data to assess the impact of COVID on driving behavior.

Miles driven per day

since March 1, 2020

As the national response to COVID has evolved, many states have seen sharp declines in driving. Since the beginning of March, we’ve analyzed more than 50 million trips comprising 400 million miles driven, and have seen as much as a 34% decrease in miles driven per day in some states.

Trips taken per day

Key dates

March 11 — W.H.O. declares a global pandemic

March 13 — U.S. issues a national emergency

March 19 — California stay-at-home order

March 21 — New Jersey stay-at-home order

March 22 — New York stay-at-home order

March 23 — Ohio, Oregon, Louisiana, Connecticut, and Washington stay-at-home orders

March 31 — Up to 80% of Americans under stay-at-home order (34 states)

The average number of trips per driver has dropped 19% since March 1, with particularly sharp declines as mid-month stay-at-home orders began to take effect. Compared to this same time last year, drivers this year have taken 14% fewer trips—with as much as 80% of the country under stay-at-home orders by the end of March.

Miles per driver

On average, our customers are driving 27% less than they were at the beginning of March, and are driving 24% less than this same time last year.

Time spent driving

Not only are drivers taking fewer trips, but each trip is getting considerably shorter, too. The average daily time spent driving has dropped 21% since March 1, and has also fallen 23% compared to this same time last year.

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