Quarter of drivers are nervous of motorway driving

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With their high speeds, multiple lanes, and hard shoulders, motorways are unlike any other roads in the UK.

Motorways are a vital part of the country's infrastructure, so it is worrying to see that nearly a quarter (23%) of drivers feel anxious on the motorway network.

That's according to new research from Nissan, which found that motorway driving is the second biggest skill motorists lack confidence in, cited by 21% of drivers and only being beaten by fears of parking (27%).

Given their reliance on the Tube and other public transport, it is perhaps not surprising than Londoners are the least confident motorway drivers, with 27% revealing motorway nerves. This was followed by Yorkshire and the Humber (26%), East Anglia (25%), East Midlands (24%), and West Midlands (23%).

As Automotive World reports, the most challenging aspects of motorway driving include: being hemmed in between cars and lorries on multi-lane highways (55%); using the slip road to join or leave a motorway (48%); and overtaking lorries or big vehicles (43%).

Colliding with another vehicle in their blind spot (38%) and pulling into a lane at the same time as another vehicle (29%) were other concerns. Worryingly, more than two fifths (41%) admitted that their motorway driving fears cause them to avoid changing lanes.

Nearly half (47%) of respondents believe that driver assistance technologies, such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, and Intelligent Cruise Control, would or do help them feel more confident on the roads.

Do you feel confident driving on a motorway?

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