Cars as Sanctuary

Getting away from it all without going anywhere

There’s a Lincoln TV commercial showing a woman who goes into her house and sees the ruckus that’s occurring in there among members of, presumably, her family, so she slips back out the door and into the calm cabin of her Lincoln SUV.

Turns out that that sort of thing is real. So indicates research done by Peugeot UK (yes, I know I’m mixing brands here).

Peugeot UK finds that some people are using their vehicles as spaces for relaxation. (Image: Peugeot)

The company found that 41% of those surveyed said that because of the pandemic-driven lockdown they’ve been using their vehicles for other activities.

  • 58% said it is a place of calm
  • 47% watched TV
  • 43% read books

Although lockdowns and stay-at-home orders will, one hopes, go away in the U.K. (as well as everywhere else) in the not-too-distant future, this use of vehicles for things other than transport may continue.

If they had a zero-emission vehicle (not coincidentally Peugeot has vehicles like the e-2008 electric vehicle), 37% would continue to use their vehicle as an alternative space.

Why? Because the electric motor would allow interior climate control without any exhaust.

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