One in four drivers admit to being more nervous behind the wheel since lockdown

Driving less during the coronavirus pandemic has knocked some drivers’ confidence. - By PA media

6w ago

A version of this article was first published on YesAuto UK.

Twenty-four per cent of motorists say they are more nervous while driving now than they were before the coronavirus pandemic began.

More than a year of sporadic lockdowns and new attitudes to working from home have meant that many people are driving considerably less miles than they were before.

And according to Spanish car maker Seat, 44 per cent of those who said they were more nervous about driving attributed this to having spent less time behind the wheel over the past year.



Of the 2,000 people surveyed, 40 per cent said they have travelled less than 2,500 miles since the first lockdown started in March 2020, compared with just 11 per cent in the year before the pandemic began.

Forty-two per cent of respondents were concerned about the return of high traffic volumes, while 26 per cent were concerned that their parking skills would not be up to scratch.

John French, head of product at Seat UK, said: “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.

“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.”

Drivers in London appear to have been impacted the most by lockdowns, with 44 per cent saying they are more nervous about driving.

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Comments (5)

  • I heard that 24% of drivers surveyed are attention seekers

      1 month ago
  • I have got more confident driving over lockdown as I was working. Plus the roads were great as there was zero traffic

      1 month ago
  • I was more cautious due to being out of practice for a few weeks - only going for groceries since that’s all we could do really (and Canadian winter at the time too.) got my comfort level back quickly though. But then we were REALLY locked down where it was illegal to go for a drive without a firm destination! With the police given the power to pull people over at random… groundless stop and search isn’t part of my Canada. Still went out but was nervous looking over my shoulder…

      1 month ago
  • As I was still working all through every Lockdown the UK has had, I admit it was a great time to be driving as so many people were staying at home, my usual 25 minute drive home was being done in 15 minutes purely because there was less traffic on the road.

      1 month ago
  • The only reason I'm more nervous is because there's a lot more controls by the gendarmerie in France

      1 month ago