A survey conducted by Wiener Städtische among 1,000 Austrians showed how ambiguous Austrians’ relationship to cars and mobility is. Environmental considerations are important to more than half of those surveyed, and they state that they have reduced their car use. However, the reduction of the maximum speed on motorways still cannot win a majority.
A total of 39 percent of the population are in favor of a stricter speed limit. According to this Gallup survey, the younger the person, the more positive the attitude towards 100 km/h. However, the figure for 17 to 30 year olds is already 45 percent. They mainly justify this with the lower emissions and a contribution to more road safety. The reduction in fuel consumption also plays a role.
In principle, the survey confirms the great importance of owning a vehicle. 61 percent of those surveyed have at least one car. In the city, however, it is only a good one in two (53 percent). In rural areas, three out of four people between the ages of 17 and 70 have their own vehicle. Only 14 percent state that they do not use a car at all and do not intend to do so in the near future.
“No trust in charging network”
Only a third of residents in urban areas use their own car to get to work, compared to two thirds in rural areas. Half of those in urban areas use public transport, but not even one in five in rural areas.
The daily mileage for 88 percent of the population is less than 50. When asked about the desired range of an electric car, 40 percent stated that this should be up to 400 kilometers. The board director of Wiener Städtische, Doris Wendler, cites the reason for this discrepancy: “You don’t trust the charging network, you want to retain flexibility and be able to make ad hoc decisions.”
From an insurance point of view, Wendler is not satisfied with the fact that Austrians have comprehensive insurance: 40 percent have fully comprehensive insurance, 20 percent have partial comprehensive insurance.
Two-thirds of those surveyed can imagine insurance tariffs that take their own driving behavior into account because they hope for a reduction in the premium.
- 76 percent of Austrians use their car at least several times a week. The urban-rural divide is large: two-thirds in the city and 87 percent in the country.
- The gas price influences user behavior for 28 percent.
- 88 percent drive less than 50 kilometers a day, women cover shorter distances.