Almost 75% of drivers in Ireland feel uneasy when driving in poor weather conditions that include strong winds and rain, while just under a quarter of drivers say that they feel Irish roads are equipped to deal with harsh weather conditions such as ice, snow and strong winds.
According to statistics from Liberty Insurance, 80% of drivers below the age of 30 do not feel confident driving in certain weather conditions. Only 15% of drivers feel adequately prepared to drive in inclement weather following the successful completion of their driving test
The figures also suggest nearly three in four Irish drivers (74%) do not feel confident when driving in poor weather conditions.
Conducted by RED C Research among 724 drivers, the survey found that Ice on the roads and snow have the strongest negative impact on confidence amongst drivers; less than half (43%) of all drivers are confident driving in snow, while just over a third (35%) feel confident operating their vehicle with ice on the roads.
The research found confidence levels when driving in such conditions to be lowest amongst young drivers, females and those living in Munster.
Young and recently qualified drivers are most nervous when driving in adverse weather conditions. 80% of drivers under the age of 30 are not confident driving in bad weather, and only 15% of newly qualified drivers feel very prepared to drive in inclement weather following the successful completion of their driving test.
More than three in five drivers (62%) have felt nervous as a result of driving in bad weather. Overall, drivers in Munster tend to be most nervous, with only 22% of drivers in the region feeling confident when driving in adverse weather. The conditions most frequently cited by motorists in the region include heavy rain, snow and ice. Dublin motorists on the other hand were more concerned by driving in fog.
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