Irish drivers lose confidence in bad weather

Irish roads ill-equipped for bad weather says study

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Irish drivers lose confidence in bad weather

New research by Liberty Insurance suggests 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 about driving in fog.

Sunday, 19 November marks World Day of Remembrance 2017 for road traffic victims.

In 2016, 187 people were killed on Irish roads, with 96% of all driver deaths occurring on non-motorways and nearly half (47%) of all driver deaths occurring on regional or local roads.

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