Almost a quarter of UK drivers admit to being nervous about driving on motorways

Tuesday, August 28, 2018


A recent study conducted by Nissan suggests that millions of British drivers feel anxious and lack confidence when driving on high-speed roads. 


Results from the survey of 2,000 drivers revealed the motoring situations that made drivers most anxious, with 23% of drivers saying they felt ‘uncomfortable’ driving on multi-lane roads. 


Motorway driving came out as the second biggest skill people felt they lacked confidence in, only beaten by parking - with 27% of drivers admitting they had a fear of parking. 


Over half said that they felt nervous driving in between cars and lorries on motorways and 43% said they felt particularly on edge when overtaking lorries and other large vehicles. 


Nearly half of the drivers surveyed also admitted they had previously taken a smaller road to avoid busier routes - with one in 20 so uneasy they had taken a detour as far as 26 miles out of their way to evade motorways.


39% of motorists surveyed said they felt scared, nervous, uneasy or uncertain behind the wheel in general. 


The study was commissioned by Nissan to highlight and promote their latest advanced driver assistance technology, ProPILOT, but the 'take-home message' could be applied to driving in general, and may be indicative of confidence issues on high-speed roads. The survey comes nearly 3 months after test-ready learner drivers were first allowed to take lessons on UK motorways, in recognition of the importance of developing driver confidence, experience and skill on our motorways. 


Managing director of Nissan Motor Ltd, Alex Smith, said “…it’s concerning that many drivers feel they lack confidence in the everyday aspects of multi-lane driving. Modern vehicle technologies…can play a key role in supporting a positive driver experience.” 


Smith added that it was “encouraging that a large proportion of drivers recognise the impact these can have on their confidence at the wheel."


Almost half of those surveyed believed that driver assistance technologies such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning and Intelligent Cruise Control could help improve their confidence when driving, especially on high-speed roads, further confirming that technology of this nature is the shape of things to come in our future vehicles.

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