City drivers will go the extra mile to avoid ‘stressful’ country roads


City drivers are willing to add half an hour to their trips to avoid “stressful” country roads, according to a survey.

Research by the RAC has shown that more urban motorists find navigating narrow lanes a tense experience compared to rural drivers.

The research comes as millions of people are set to visit UK beauty spots on ‘stays’ due to the confusion and changing restrictions surrounding overseas travel.

Earlier this week, it emerged Boris Johnson would be on holiday in the UK for the second year in a row this summer after he, his wife and son traveled to Scotland last year.

A survey of 2,000 drivers by RAC and auto insurer Ageas found that urban drivers were willing to add 23 miles, or 30 minutes, to their trips to avoid descending narrow country roads.

This fell to just 10 minutes and 14 miles for rural drivers, and 25 minutes and 16 miles for general drivers.

Pass in front of other drivers a headache

More than three-quarters, 76 percent, of urban drivers said they found navigating narrow roads “stressful” compared to 58 percent of all drivers.

The main causes of stress for drivers were the difficulty of squeezing past another vehicle, cited by 62 percent of motorists, and the threat of a head-on collision with another vehicle, cited by 61 percent.

Meanwhile, more than a third of drivers said they believe the default speed limit of 60 mph on country roads should be lowered.

Currently, the national speed limit applies on single carriageway lanes, unless local councils specifically lower them.

The RAC said an “unprecedented” number of drivers were expected to flood country roads this summer and urged motorists not to go too fast on national speed limit lanes.

Simon Williams, spokesperson for RAC, said: “For any driver less confident about tackling rural roads, the message should be to properly plan a route before setting off and drive at the right speed depending on the nature of the road. road, although the official limit is 60 mph.

“We also advise you not to depend too much on a car‘s navigation system. Stepping away from a main road to gain a few minutes might seem like a good idea, but if you then have to carefully negotiate a tractor and a line of oncoming vehicles, any advantage is quickly lost.


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