The number of visits to Polish gas stations at the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine increased by more than 36 percent, according to a special analysis by experts from Proxi.cloud and UCE Research. The traffic congestion lasted for three days.
According to experts from Proxi.cloud and the UCE research platform, on February 24 of this year, the day the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, there was a sharp increase in visits to Polish gas stations. Compared to the day before, it’s over 36 percent. The increased traffic continued for three days, that is, until February 26 this year.
Expert: Panic under control among Poles
– Currently, you can observe a movement similar to that recorded before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, or even slightly smaller. This may indicate panic control among Poles – assessment by Adam Grochowski of technology company Proxi.cloud. As he noted, in the first two days the traffic was much higher than the average values recorded before the Russian attack, although on the fourth day from that moment on there was a noticeable decrease.
Analysis shows that on February 28 this year. The activity of gas station customers has decreased significantly compared to Monday, February 21st. According to Mateusz Chug of Proxi.cloud, drivers did not start refueling often, but in the face of war with our neighbors, they drove to the station faster, because they preferred to ensure that their cars had full fuel tanks. He pointed out that the situation at gas stations at the present time is stable and there is no need to worry.
He added that by comparing the data from the first days of the war (February 24-28) with the same days a week ago (17-21 February this year), the number of visits to gas stations increased by about 13%. From February 24 to 27 this year. This score is much higher, but the panic turns out to be so brief that the overall increase in visits to the facilities examined returns to normal with each day of the conflict, he assessed.
According to Krzysztof Zych of UCE Research, there are differences in occupancy rates at stations in different parts of Poland in the first four days of the war. The largest increase was recorded in the province. وودód – by 23 percent, Lublin – by 20 percent, as well as the West Pomeranian – by 19 percent. In contrast, the smaller difference occurred in the south of the country, i.e. in Opole – 10 percent and Silesia and Lesser Poland 8 percent each. – He gave.
High traffic across the country
As Chołuj assessed, panic passed through Poland relatively evenly. – It was estimated that the increase in traffic at stations in the east of the country was 0.5 parts per million higher than in the western part.
As he pointed out, similar results also apply to the size of cities. In cities with more than 100,000 residents, average traffic after the start of the invasion increased by 13.6 percent. Week to week, this percentage is only one part higher than cities with less than 100,000 population points. This proves that the Poles behave similarly, he said.
Proxi.cloud and research platform UCE reported that 3,798 gas stations and 178,417 consumers were monitored in 16 counties. The data was collected on February 14-28, 2022 through the so-called geofence, that is, hypothetical points on the map. Consolidated to a single value, which is the average traffic recorded before the aforementioned invasion was calculated from February 14 to 23, 2022.
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