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Over half of drivers find country lanes ‘stressful’

Over half of drivers find country lanes ‘stressful’

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Over half of the UK’s drivers say they find country roads ‘stressful’, with over three-quarters of city-based motorists worried about using them.

Almost one-in-three will take a 25 minute detour to avoid narrow B-roads Over half of the UK’s drivers say they find country roads ‘stressful’, with over three-quarters of city-based motorists worried about using them.


According to a report by the RAC and Ageas insurance, 58% of drivers are stressed by non-urban routes, rising to 76% among those living in urban areas. Three-in-ten motorists have admitted to being so worried about driving on narrow country lanes that they are willing to take a 25-minute detour just to avoid them.


The difficulty of squeezing past other cars (62 per cent) and the fear of a head-on collision (61 per cent) are the top causes of worry among. Other stress factors from the survey of 2,000 UK drivers, on behalf of the RAC and Ageas Insurance, include having to reverse back to find a passing place (45 per cent), meeting a tractor and not being able to pass (44 per cent) and deciding who lets who pass (37 per cent).


On average, motorists are willing to make a 16-mile or 25-minute detour just to avoid travelling on such country lanes, while city-based drivers would happily add an average of 23 miles or 30 minutes to their trips, 14 miles and 10 minutes more than rural drivers.


Simon Williams, spokesman for RAC Breakdown, said: “With unprecedented numbers of drivers on the UK’s roads this summer, more and more people will find themselves squeezing down narrow country lanes to reach beaches and popular countryside spots. “For any driver less confident with tackling rural lanes the message has to be to plan a journey properly before setting out, and drive at the right speed according to the nature of the road, even if the official limit is 60mph.” Robin Challand, claims director at Ageas Insurance, said: “Negotiating narrow rural lanes can be tricky, even for the most seasoned of drivers, but by following some simple tips and staying calm, you can avoid adding a damaged car to your list of things to get stressed about this summer.”