AI Online


Americans are taking 38% fewer drives during the COVID-19 Pandemic

A special project launched in order to monitor the impact of #COVID19 on driving behavior – specifically, analyzing the decrease in vehicle usage at nationwide and state-by-state levels.

You can explore the data here:

Mojio’a 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. Mojio will continue to update this website in the coming weeks.

Here are a few key takeaways for American drivers:

*            In response to the devastating spread of COVID-19 in the United States, Americans from coast to coast have united in an effort to stay at home and adopt social distancing practices. As a result, vehicle usage has seen a dramatic decrease of 38.4% in terms of 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.

*            However, the nationwide decrease in trips (and in many states) does seem to be flattening off, decreasing by only a further 1.3% since the prior period of March 23 to March 29. Is this the normal?

*            The two states with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases (New York and New Jersey) are amongst the top 5 states to have changed their driving behavior, showing decreases of 45.8% and 44.0% respectively. The neighboring state of Vermont has parked their vehicles more than anyone else in the country, trimming the number of trips by 61.5%.

*            On the other hand, Iowa, which remains one of few states to have not issued a state-level stay-at-home order, has seen the smallest change in vehicle usage, decreasing by only 22.7%.