Research conducted by AA/Populus has revealed that motorists are fearful of motorway driving.
According to the study, just 44 per cent of young drivers aged between 18 and 24 and women felt confident when tackling motorways.
It seems that age breeds confidence, however, as the study showed that 65 per cent of those aged between 55 and 64 are comfortable tackling the nation's high speed highways.
The AA has suggested that such fears may be misguided.
AA Driving School's head of driver development, Mark Peacock, said: "There is much evidence that motorways are our most feared and avoided roads, yet statistically they are safer than other roads.
"By steering clear of them drivers not only face a longer, slower journey, but are potentially putting themselves at greater risk on A-roads."
In 2011, road safety minister Mike Penning announced that learner drivers will be allowed to take lessons with their instructor on motorways.
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Posted by Danielle Barge