29 million drivers predict they’ll have a car crash

New research has revealed that ‘Accident Anxiety’ is prevalent on Britain’s roads, with 79% of drivers describing themselves as worried about driving – hardly surprising with 29 million feeling a crash is just around the corner.

According to new research released by Allianz Insurance, this ‘Accident Anxiety’ is mostly caused by tailgating (45%), aggressive ‘road rage’ behaviour (41%) and uninsured drivers (29%), which together are responsible for killing 130 people and injuring a further 26,500 every year.

In fact ‘Accident Anxiety’ is so great that 17% of drivers have opted out of making a journey because of their driving worries.

The research finds that 81% of drivers say that they have been involved in car accidents that were not their fault. And after experiencing a collision, one in five motorists (22%) reveal that they feel more worried, more stressed and less confident behind the wheel yet just 7% think that more driver training will solve the problem.

The Allianz Insurance research also found that:

  • Drivers aged 35 to 44-years-old are the most affected by ‘Accident Anxiety’ with 83% having experienced this feeling in some way.
  • An accident is more likely to affect women’s driving style (27%) than that of male motorists (17%).

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