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Americans Will Drive More and Fly Less Due To COVID-19

Survey: 74% of Americans Say, Due to COVID-19, They Will Drive Rather Than Fly For Their Next Vacation

—PLUS: 51% of Drivers Say They Have Not Been Disinfecting Their Vehicle; and 46% of Parents of Teen Drivers Say They’ve Witnessed Their Teen Using Phone While Driving—

  • 74% of Americans say that, due to COVID-19, their next vacation will be by vehicle rather than by plane. This increased vehicle travel, particularly over the holidays, could potentially result in more accidents than we would see in a normal year when Americans prefer to travel by plane over long distances. Fatigue can be particularly dangerous on these long-distance trips. The NHTSA reported over 91,000 drowsy driving crashes in 2017 alone.

  • 20% of drivers say that the COVID-19 crisis has made them a more anxious driver. Living in the age of the pandemic has had adverse psychological effects on most of us. The Coronavirus presents a constant stressor in our lives. Only a few months into the pandemic, Dartmouth College found a notable increase in the anxiety and depression of college students. These general feelings naturally impact every area of our lives, including driving. Studies have shown that high levels of anxiety can reduce reaction times, and since reaction times are critical on the road, anxiety could be producing worse drivers.   

  • 12% of drivers have admitted to drinking and driving since the beginning of the pandemic, and 10% admitted to driving after smoking marijuana. Researchers have found a “staggering” increase in depression and anxiety linked to the coronavirus. And some Americans may be self-medicating with substances that impair their ability to drive safely.

  • 51% of American drivers say that, amid COVID-19, they have not been disinfecting their vehicleVehicle safety isn’t only about traffic safety during a pandemic. There is also the risk of contracting the virus from other passengers in a vehicle. Regularly clean your vehicle with disinfectants that contain at least 70% alcohol, and avoid using chemicals like bleach and hydrogen peroxide, which can damage your vehicle’s finishes. It’s also wise to assume that other vehicles you enter have not been disinfected.  It’s a good idea to carry disinfecting wipes with you so you can quickly wipe down surfaces of other vehicles.      

These additional challenges of driving in the COVID-19 era are making driving more difficult for everyone. But teens are especially vulnerable.




AUSTIN, Texas (October 21, 2020)—, a leading online education provider, today unveiled the results of its Teen Driving Safety in the COVID-19 Era Report. According to the report, which was released during National Teen Driver Safety Week, 46% of parents of teen drivers say they have witnessed their teen driver using their phone while he or she is driving.


Further, the report—which provides statistics and analysis on additional timely topics—reveals that 51% of American drivers have not been disinfecting their vehicle, and 74% of Americans say that, due to COVID-19, their next vacation will be by vehicle rather than by plane.

“The pandemic has made many Americans anxious about being on the road. In addition to being worried about exposure to the virus, we are driving less frequently, have seen some states relax licensing standards for new drivers, and are distracted behind the wheel. These add up to dangerous conditions for teen drivers and everyone on the road with them,” said Laura Adams, Analyst at 


 Among the report’s findings:

  • ANXIETY: 20% of drivers say that the pandemic has made them a more anxious driver.
  • DRINKING: 12% of drivers say that since the pandemic began, they have had alcohol and driven.
  • MARIJUANA: 10% of drivers say that since the pandemic began, they have smoked marijuana and driven. 


Meanwhile, 81% of parents of teen drivers say that they trust their teen to drive safely, and 68% of Americans say that they expect online driver’s education, taken instead of in-person classes, will increasingly become the norm in the coming years.


“To encourage and enforce safe driving behaviors, parents should consider completing a parent-teen driving contract with young drivers. Creating a written document is an excellent way to explain what’s safe and the types of behaviors you expect your teen to do and not do. Include the consequences of violating the agreement, so teens know what happens if they don’t comply,” added Adams.

The full Teen Driving Safety in the COVID19-19 Era Report—which includes additional analysis and takeaways, along with driving safety tips for parents and teens—is available at


The survey for Aceable’s Teen Driving Safety in the COVID-19 Era Report was conducted online using Survey Monkey. The national sample of 1,054 adults spans across U.S. geographic regions and income levels and was weighted to reflect the gender distribution and the age distribution across the 18-44 and 45+ age brackets in U.S. census data. Drivers are represented by the 953 respondents who answered that they are a licensed driver, and parents of teen drivers are represented by the 228 respondents who answered that they are a parent of a teen driver.


About Aceable
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Aceable is a mobile education platform that offers accredited education anytime, anywhere. Replacing tired formats with dynamic content that's easy-to-use across all platforms and devices, Aceable makes required education relevant, convenient, and fun. From its' origins in driver's ed—where it now has 70% of the Texas market—to the meteoric growth of real estate training, Aceable aims to empower tens of millions of people with the high-stakes education they need to accomplish their life goals and is consistently named one of the best places to work in Austin (Austin American Statesman and Austin Business Journal). Lastly, Aceable is proud to have received backing from storied investors like Sageview Capital, Silverton Partners, Floodgate Fund, Next Coast Venture Partners, Wildcat Venture Partners, Nextgen Partners, and the Capital Factory Fund.  For more information about Aceable, visit


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