Drivers' worries on long car journeys

Young drivers more concerned about breaking down than having an accident

Congestion, having an accident and breaking down top the list of drivers’ worries when making a long journey in the UK

Congestion, having an accident and breaking down top the list of drivers’ worries when making a long journey in the UK

Congestion, having an accident and breaking down top the list of drivers’ worries when making a long journey in the UK.

A quarter (25%) of drivers said congestion was the thing they worried about most when they had to drive for more then 200 miles.

Having an accident was the second most common worry on long journeys with nearly one in five (17%) drivers worrying about this the most.

  • Congestion, breaking down and having an accident top trio of drivers’ journey worries
  • Young drivers (18-24) more concerned about breaking down than having an accident
  • AA offering free summer breakdown cover for new members (15 months for the price of 12)

Young drivers

Young drivers are more worried about breaking down on a long journey than having an accident. One in five (20%) of drivers aged 18 – 24 said breaking down was their biggest concern on a long journey.

Young drivers were also the most concerned about getting lost with more than one in ten (13%) worrying about this most on a long journey. They were more than three times as likely as drivers aged over 65 (4%) to say this.

National and regional

Top long journey stresses differ across the country as well as across age groups. Drivers in Eastern England are more than twice as likely as drivers in Northern Ireland to worry about congestion (28% compared to 12%).

Bad weather is more of a concern for drivers in Scotland than anywhere else in the UK with one in ten (10%) concerned about it.

The results come from an AA-Populus poll of 23,085 drivers*.

Summer saviours

AA summer saviours

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On 16 July the AA launched an offer for drivers, who take out breakdown cover, of 15 months membership for the price of 12, to try and take some of the stress out of their journeys this summer and beyond.

At this time of year many people will be making long car journeys for day trips, holidays and visiting friends and relatives.

The last thing anyone wants is for something to go amiss on that journey and end up ruining their summer plans.

plan well in advance, allow yourself plenty of time, listen to local traffic news and make sure your car is well-maintained before a long journey

Edmund King, AA president

AA President Edmund King, said:“Congestion, accidents and breaking down are the top trio of nightmares drivers fear.

“Young drivers in particular were most concerned about breaking down; probably due to the fact they are more likely to be driving cheaper cars and have less disposable income to fix any problems that arise from a breakdown.

Plan ahead

“The best way to avoid any of these things blighting your journey is to plan well in advance, allow yourself plenty of time, listen to local traffic news and make sure your car is well-maintained before a long journey.

“If the worst does happen having breakdown cover will give some peace of mind that you won’t be facing a hefty call-out charge on top of the inconvenience already caused.

“As an added bonus, drivers who join the AA this summer will get their summer breakdown cover for free with 15 months for the price of 12.”

The 15-for12 offer forms part of the AA’s Summer Saviours campaign, designed to give UK drivers their best summer ever.


( 16 July 2014)

 

* Populus received 23,085 responses from AA members to its online poll between 7th and 15th May 2014. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.