Are you still in love with driving? | ATS Euromaster

smart car 13th December 2013

All drivers remember the moment they were told they had passed their test and were permitted to drive on their own.

The level of independence being able to drive provides to people of all ages when they get through their test cannot be overestimated, but it seems over time the joy of getting behind the wheel and setting off on a journey wares off.

According to a study conducted by the Institute for Advanced Motorists (IAM), a third of motorists in the UK no longer enjoy driving.

So, why have these people fallen out of love with motoring?

The main reason given by respondents to the poll was the cost of fuel, named as a factor that takes the enjoyment out of driving by 51 per cent of people. This was followed closely by congestion (41 per cent), while 28 per cent simply said they were no longer excited by driving and 25.9 per cent said their leisure time has reduced since they started driving.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “With congestion and fuel prices it’s easy to understand why many people think driving is a chore."

Just 39 per cent of respondents said they still consider driving to have the allure it did when they first started driving.

It seems that other road users are the problem with over sixty per cent of respondents stating that it’s the behaviour of other drivers on the road that makes them feel the most nervous. This was followed by bad weather conditions and driving close to lorries.

Mr Best added that it is still important to get out on the roads in the UK, as they are some of the most beautiful in the world. He went on to explain that drivers with the right skills and confidence in their motoring abilities can still enjoy getting behind the wheel.

What about you? Do you still enjoy driving as much as you used to?

Posted by Danielle Barge