Third of motorists no longer enjoy driving
According to a new survey from IAM the Institute of Advanced Motorists about 33% of all drivers do not enjoy driving. Over half stated that the high costs of fuel made it too expensive to enjoy driving while another 41% stated that they did not like driving because of congestion. Another 28% stated that driving simply was not exciting and 26% stated that they did not have enough time for leisure driving.
39% of all respondents stated that they do still think of driving as a fun hobby and another third stated that they do specifically head out for a joyride occasionally. About half of those included in the survey stated that they are good drivers and another 44% stated that they are very good drivers. 78% of those in the survey stated that they are the driver even when they are running errands with their partner. Half of those asked stated they are not as relaxed driving when the passenger seat is filled.
It seems that other road users are the problem with over sixty per cent of respondents stating that it’s the behaviour of other drivers on the road that makes them feel the most nervous. This was followed by bad weather conditions and driving near to lorries.
IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “With congestion and fuel prices it’s easy to understand why many people think driving is a chore. But the UK still has some of the most beautiful roads in the world and if you have the right skills and confidence in your ability driving can be as enjoyable as ever.”