Brits Have Fear Of Country Roads

Mon 22nd Aug 2022

A recent study commissioned by Britain's leading independent road safety charity has shown that driving on the country's roads is a source of anxiety for millions of motorists.

Of the 1,004 people surveyed, 60% said they worried about driving on any road, and this potentially includes 24 million people out of the 40 million full driving licence holders in the UK.

Driving on smart motorways is the road type that drivers fear the most, with 33% of those surveyed indicating as much. In contrast, only 6% of drivers are concerned about motorways with hard shoulders.

Despite the fact that most road related deaths occur on rural or countryside single carriage way roads, only 14% of drivers stated that they are worried about driving on them.

“Our research has laid bare the staggering number of people who feel worried about driving on Britain’s roads,” said Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart.  “We would encourage drivers to do all they can to re-educate themselves, especially during National Road Victim Month, on how to navigate the unique challenges and considerations each road type presents.”

On the survey's smart motorways findings, Neil added: “While statistics may well show that smart motorways have fewer fatal crashes than conventional motorways, our research shows that far too many drivers still don’t feel safe on them. 

“Moving forward, it is vital that National Highways up their efforts to keep the public informed and continue to raise awareness of how to drive safely on smart motorways. It is also clear that awareness needs to be raised about the risks of rural roads. Far from being a pleasant drive in the countryside, these are the type of roads which can punish mistakes with death and injury.”