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With the UK beginning to open up again, it’s clear more of us are taking to the roads – whether that be for trips out or even just to commute to and from work.

But as the roads get busier, many drivers will be feeling more stressed behind the wheel. Road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has been looking into motorists’ fears on the UK roads, surveying 1,000 Brits about their thoughts and anxieties around this.

Busy roads and congestion were up at the top of driver stresses, with 42 per cent worrying about the return of traffic jams, while a third were concerned about getting used to busier roads again.

In third place for drivers’ worries is people returning to the road who might be out of practise (27 per cent), while a quarter of respondents fear not arriving on time to their destination.

Further down the list, 15 per cent said they were stressed about the thought of long car journeys, with 12 per cent citing a lack of rest stops due to closed facilities as a reason for stress.

Commuting, general fatigue while driving and being out of practise were driving were all worries for motorists too, with each of these being a concern for 11 per cent of respondents. Rounding off the top 10 was drivers not knowing if their car was up to long journeys, which was noted by seven per cent.

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said: “As traffic starts getting heavier and heavier on UK roads it must not be forgotten that congestion and worries about other road users can cause stress to many motorists.

“With more traffic comes potentially more uncomfortable driving situations, such as being stuck in a traffic jam for a lengthy period or simply being surrounded by extra vehicles.”

Ted Welford

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June 8, 2021