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Snow and heavy rain increases stress levels for driversBack

The Telegraph has today revealed that motorist’s biggest concerns this winter is extreme weather and crumbling roads.

With the current bad weather conditions and the country preparing itself for a predicted harsh winter, it is more important than ever for motorists to take the utmost care on the roads.

According to a survey conducted by Telegraph Motoring/AXA, Britons said that the most stressful conditions they encountered on the roads was snow and heavy rain, with 50 per cent of respondents citing snow as their main concern. This was closely followed by fog at 45 per cent and heavy rain at 39 per cent.

The results were significantly split by gender with 62 per cent of women finding driving in snow stressful as opposed to only 38 per cent of men. Likewise, with rain, female drivers found the conditions more stressful than men.

Some of the other causes of driver stress revealed were driving on unfamiliar roads, tailgating, night driving, being late or in a hurry and driving behind a slow vehicle, and once again it was women who found these conditions more harrowing than men.

Despite these figures, the survey found that most drivers still really valued their cars and the opportunities to drive places, proving we are still a nation who loves our cars. In fact, more women than men revealed that they relied on their cars as being an important aspect of their everyday lives, with only 3 per cent of people saying a car was not important to them at all.

Commuting was considered the most important use for a car by 44 per cent of respondents, followed by 20 per cent who felt that a car was most important when living in a rural location, and 17 per cent who felt a car was important for transporting children. Ten per cent of respondents admitted that they drove their cars simply because they didn’t like public transport.

Interestingly, there was no gender divide when it came to potholes which were rated by 87 respondents as the main reason why drivers are dissatisfied by the UK’s roads, with 38 per cent rating the roads as poor or very poor.

It is the third year that Telegraph Motoring has joined forces with AXA to discover the nation’s attitudes towards motoring and it has proved an effective method of gauging the mood of drivers and their likes and dislikes towards driving. It also provides respondents with the perfect opportunity in which to “sound off” about what bothers them the most about other drivers and the UK road network in general.


Posted by Leana Kell on 29/11/2012