Has Lockdown Made You A Nervous Driver?

Tue 15th Jun 2021

Working from home and being stuck at home in lockdown has ensured that we have used our cars a lot less often over the last 12 months, and new research has found that we have become more nervous drivers as a result.

A survey by Spanish car manufacturer SEAT has found that almost a quarter (24 per cent) of drivers now feel more nervous about getting behind the wheel than they did prior to the covid pandemic. The analysis suggests that there could be in the region of 10 million apprehensive drivers now on the roads in the UK, with close to half (44 per cent) saying a lack of practice is the key reason behind their nervousness.

The lack of action on the roads is underlined by the figure of 40 per cent of drivers who say they have driven fewer than 2,500 miles since lockdown in March 2020, prior to coronavirus that number was nearer 11 per cent. Unsurprisingly it is younger drivers who have felt the impact the hardest, with the 18-24 age group having relatively little experience before lockdown, they could have easily forgotten some of the basics.

“For much of the past 14 months, millions of motorists across the UK have been confined to their local area, driving on roads they’re acquainted with,” said John French, Head of Product at SEAT UK. “Now, following the lifting of most social distancing restrictions, drivers are once again navigating unfamiliar places and faced with high volumes of traffic, tight parking spaces and certain road types they’ve perhaps become unaccustomed to.

“SEAT offers a huge number of technologies which help to alleviate these concerns, encompassing parking, as well as city and motorway driving.”