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Work, rest and play: new uses for lockdown cars

Four out of 10 households have used their car as an additional space to work and relax – or even to catch up on TV shows during the pandemic, claims new research by Peugeot UK.

The findings come after the Government announced a roadmap to easing lockdown, with all restrictions potentially removed as soon as June 21.

The study of 2,000 drivers found 41% of UK households with four or more people said they had started to use their car for other purposes than driving during Covid-19 lockdowns.

With home schooling and remote working now the new normal for many, cars have taken up a new purpose, ranging from providing a relaxing refuge to acting as a remote office space.

When asked which activities drivers had turned to in their cars, more than half said finding a quiet place to relax away from others, while for 47% their car became a place to catch up on TV shows, and 43% used their cars as a place to read books. A third of respondents said they have used their car as a remote office for work.

With 58% of respondents struggling to find time for themselves during lockdown, the car has become a place of peace and quiet, according to the research.

Peuegot UK also found 37% of households said they would be more likely to use their car in this way if they owned a zero emissions-capable vehicle, that did not emit fumes when turned on, allowing them to keep warm or stay cool without idling an engine.

“Cars have always played a variety of roles in our lives, and the pandemic has shown how helpful they can be as quiet, comfortable places to relax, call friends or work remotely,” said Julie David, Managing Director, Peugeot UK.

“Electric vehicles like the Peugeot e-2008 take this one step further, with their silent, zero emissions powertrains making them a self-sufficient, climate-controlled sanctuary away from our often hectic homes – complete with built-in hands-free phone connectivity.”

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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