This is How we Use our Cars

Publish date: 12/09/2016

Data talks, that’s a fact. After looking at anonymous trip information from drivers using ULU, we found some interesting conclusions on how we use our cars, or better said, don’t use our cars. One thing is certain, after reading this article, you will think twice before owning a car. The facts presented below are also proof why shared mobility business models, such as Uber, are bound to work, whether we own a car or just want to get around.

Daily Car Usage

Have you ever stopped and thought about how much you use your car? Did you know your car is one of the least used assets you own? Let’s enlighten you with some numbers.




Our data shows that there are no personal cars used more than 6 hours a day! More than 80% of cars are in traffic less than 3 hours a day, meaning only 15% of the available time.

What happens on an average month? This is what the numbers say:




The bottom line is, we barely use our cars. It’s a sitting asset and a expensive one. This is one of the key factors of the Uber success.

Our cars run standstill almost 3 full days per year!…

When we run our car’s engine and we are not driving or moving it’s called idling. Out of the 71 minutes a day we drive, we spend 10 minutes idling. Looking at a month, that means 300 minutes or 5 hours. In a year, that’s 60 hours or 2.5 days.

These are huge numbers, especially if we take into consideration how much fuel we are burning and emissions we are creating. Some tips on reducing idling are turning off your engine in a traffic jam, or using the start/stop functions that modern cars have, this can reduce idling to almost zero. And trust us, you will notice the fuel savings, saving up to 72 liters of fuel, or almost 100 EUR annually. The environment will be grateful too.




Should I drive electric?

One of the main concerns, when people are considering the switch to electric and hybrid cars, is the electric drive endurance, or range anxiety. Can I really get from point A to B, with one charge?

Data talks and data says you can, at least most of you! Let’s say you want to play it safe and go for a Plug-In Hybrid, which gives you electric autonomy of 50 km. The average trip is less than 20 km. You charge at home and charge at work and drive fully electric, no emissions and big fuel savings. And since you chose Plug-In Hybrid, you can always go the extra length if necessary.

To share or not to share…that is the question

Before you say it, we know it, of course, every driver is unique and every person’s mobility needs are different. But if we look at these numbers and analyze how much we actually use our cars, there is no question that there are big opportunities in sharing, which would positively impact our mobility budgets.

And if you are not sure how you fit in this profile, get your ULU Dongle today and find out, let  the ULU mobile app be your personal coach.

So, the next time you plan your car purchase, think about getting around with Uber. If you still need to own a car, then think about the money you lose by not sharing it, and the 22 hours a day it’s parked in the garage or unattended.




P.S. On top of that, don’t forget insurance premiums and maintenance you pay, just to make sure your expensive, rarely used asset is safe and in good shape :)

Stay tuned for part II of this article, where we will elaborate on “How we drive”. Have any comments or questions? Contact us now!