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Don’t believe any of the hype around increased ride share usage around coronavirus

There are several stories making the rounds that say that thanks to the effects of coronavirus, people aren’t buying cars and are going to rely more on ride share services to get around. It doesn’t take much to realize that this is false.

In 2020, new car sales haven’t been epic. The coronavirus outbreak halted vehicle production and sent people home. Some of those people worked from home while others were laid off our furloughed. When the economy isn’t running, people aren’t going to buy cars.

Now that more and more people are working from home, there isn’t as much traffic on the roads and people are starting to wonder if they need a car because they work from home.

If you stop all logic and reason there, it makes sense that it’s easier to get rid of the family car and just use Lyft when you need to get around.

Coronavirus is easily transmittable and people are encouraged to stay 6-feet away from each other. Nobody is in any real hurry to get back into hanging out with each other in close quarters. You know, like a ride share.

I’m not afraid of catching the disease, and with the right precautions I can lower my risk to infection. But I can also tell you I have zero desire to get into the back of a Toyota Prius that just had who knows what in there. No, thanks.

People might be staying home more, and some might be considering dumping their cars, but they aren’t going to be flocking to ride share.

Written by Chad Kirchner
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