Britain’s highways are full of motorists who sit behind the wheel of their cars worrying that they’re going to have a road accident, a new survey suggests.
The Allianz Insurance survey suggests the UK is suffering from an epidemic of so-called “accident anxiety” with more than three-quarters (79%) of those polled admitting that they get worried when they’re on the road.
According to the poll’s findings it is middle-aged motorists who fret the most; 83% of the 35 to 44-year-olds surveyed saying they get anxious on the road.
Almost one in five (17%) of the motorists polled admitted that they’ve decided against making a specific journey in the past because they were so worried about having an accident.
‘Tailgating is biggest worry’
The research found that it is tailgating, uninsured drivers and road rage that motorists worry about the most.
Of those who had been involved in a road traffic accident, more than four-fifths (81%) insisted it had not been their fault – while 22% said it had drained their confidence and left them feeling more anxious and stressed than ever about driving.
Despite the findings, only 7% of the 1,000 regular drivers who were surveyed said they thought giving drivers more training would help cure Britain’s “accident anxiety”.
Jon Dye, chief executive of Allianz Insurance, said: “It’s worrying to see that so many motorists feel they will have an accident and yet so few feel more driver training would help. Drivers can only drive at their best if they feel calm and alert and not unduly worried about what other motorists are getting up to.
He added that while they could cause accidents, things such as tailgating and road rage are also contributing to the claims costs being faced by insurers at a time when the industry is striving to lower motorists’ premiums.
Accident Advice Helpline advises motorists who’ve been involved in an accident to stay calm, call the emergency services and swap insurance information with anyone else involved.
Source: Kent Online
Date Published: February 28, 2014
Author: David Brown