Driving in snowy conditions (42 percent) is most likely to make drivers nervous, followed by navigating a new town or city (32 percent) and roads with lots of lanes (30 percent). Driving in the dark (27 percent) and wet and rainy conditions (25 percent) completed the top five most uncomfortable scenarios on the road.
Nearly one in 10 even admitted to being nervous when it comes to turning right at a roundabout while one in 20 fear three point turns.
But the research also revealed 24 percent of drivers feel less confident now than before the pandemic, as a result of driving less over the last 18 months, with 16 percent going as far as to say they have ‘forgotten’ how to drive.
The stats emerged in a study by flexible car insurance firm Cuvva, which has partnered with YouTube sensation DGN Driving School, to launch a competition offering rusty drivers the chance to win a free refresher driving lesson.
Cuvva spokesperson and CEO, Freddy Macnamara, said: “Our research reveals there are many nervous drivers across the UK, with Londoners and those from Norwich indexing most highly.”
The study also found 29 percent of drivers try to avoid travelling outside of their local area to stay away from unfamiliar roads.
And a quarter are reluctant to give other people lifts ‑ even if they are going to the same destination ‑ due to their nerves.
Nearly one in five would take a longer route to avoid busy areas (18 percent) while 16 percent would go further than needed to stay away from motorways.
Others would plan their journey to avoid having to parallel park (12 percent), dual carriageways (seven percent) and roundabouts (seven percent).
Almost a fifth of drivers are also nervous about the prospect of long-distance journeys as the nation prepares for a summer of staycations, with 21 percent even planning their break around the length of the drive.
But the study found 36 percent think their driving has generally worsened over the last 18 months as they have spent less time on the road.
And even 22 percent, who considered themselves to be confident drivers before the pandemic, now feel a little rusty behind the wheel.
As a result, 15 percent think it took them ‘weeks’ to get back up to speed once they started driving again following the lockdowns.
The study, carried out via OnePoll, also revealed 38 percent wish they were a more confident driver.
Cuvva CEO Freddy Macnamara added: “We’re keen to help drivers improve their confidence on the road by better understanding their driving behaviour.
“Cuvva’s new insights feature in the app helps motorists understand how they drive with a unique driving score to help them improve their driving and feel more confident on the road.”
Top 10 things drivers feel most uncomfortable doing:
1. Driving in snowy conditions
2. Driving in a new town or city
3. Roads where there are lots of lanes and you need to be in the right one
4. Driving in the dark
5. Driving in wet and rainy conditions
7. Overtaking cyclists
8. Areas where there is lots of traffic
10. Parallel parking