New data from findandfundmycar.com has revealed that nearly a quarter of millennials (23%) are feeling anxious about getting back in the car after lockdown, compared to just 7% of those over 55.
The survey of 2,000 British drivers also revealed that millennials aren’t just worried for their own safety, with 43% of respondents saying that they’re nervous for their family members to get behind the wheel once lockdown ends too.
The cities with the most nervous drivers were:
1. Sheffield – 21%
2. Cardiff – 14%
3. London, Norwich – 13%
4. Liverpool – 12%
5. Manchester, Southampton– 11%
6. Bristol, Glasgow, Newcastle, Brighton – 9%
7. Belfast, Birmingham – 8%
8. Leeds – 7%
9. Plymouth – 6%
10. Nottingham – 5%
11. Edinburgh – 3%
In comparison, drivers in Edinburgh are feeling most confident about getting behind the wheel with just 3% saying they’re feeling anxious.
The top reasons that are causing anxiety about getting back onto the road include:
• Assuming that more cyclists will be on the road
• Other drivers not knowing how to drive properly
• Having to look out for more pedestrians than normal
• Driving on the motorway for the first time in months
• Not remembering the rules of the road
However, despite cyclists being the highest reason for nervousness, the survey revealed that there will be just 3% more people using bikes after lockdown, with a 3% drop in car usage.
Phil Morgan, Head of findandfundmycar.com, says:
“It’s great to see that there will be a small increase in walkers and cyclists as their great ways to exercise, however, it does go to show that many people are worrying about something that’s unlikely to be the case.
Those that are worried about driving after lockdown should start driving a little more, even if it’s just to the local park for a walk or to the supermarket. Those small trips will help drivers get their confidence back in no time!”
Currently, Brits are driving on average just twice a week, although this is expected to increase as lockdown restrictions ease.
However, only 2% of people will consider a different mode of transport other than driving once lockdown ends.