UK motorists in love with driving, says survey

A large number (46 per cent) of middle aged drivers admitted to using their cars for ‘me time’ to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. New consumer research from LeasePlan UK, one of the world’s largest vehicle management groups, shows Brits still have a love for driving and the freedom it gives them. The happiest of all drivers, still coming off the hype of passing their test, are the youngest motorists (26 per cent) compared to just 15 per cent of 45 to 54 year olds.

So what is it about driving and cars Brits love so much? For some it’s comfort (39 per cent) while others love how their car looks. Millennials (18-25 year olds), defined by their 21stcentury choosiness, are most concerned about the look of their car (20 per cent) compared to just 6 per cent of those over 55.

Although looking good and comfort are at the top of the list for most motorists, just under half (45 per cent) admitted having their own space makes them feel the best and a further 38 per cent of respondents, the ability to go wherever they please, whenever they like, represents their biggest love for the road.

The LeasePlan survey data, gathered from 1,000 respondents across the UK, also revealed the nation is divided on the types of road they prefer; 35 per cent of drivers like putting their foot down on motorways, while 29 per cent of drivers still prefer taking the more scenic, country routes.

The survey also revealed how Britons prefer to spend precious time in their vehicles. Most (66 per cent) choose to enhance their daily drives by listening to music; rock, pop or classical – music is the driving beat of motorists today, while 32 per cent of motorists use the time in a zen like state – surrounded by silence.

Allowing some insight into how car relationship dynamics play out, this might be a clue to those men (33 per cent) who listen to the sports commentary and their female partners (33 per cent) who have admitted they’d prefer to drive in silence.

And passion goes both ways, the survey also revealed the irritations stopping drivers from enjoying their daily drives, 42 per cent of drivers claim congestion is their top reason, over a third (37 per cent) say it’s down to the number of potholes and a further 37 per cent admit that roadworks are a constant nuisance.

“It’s really encouraging to see the UK is truly a nation who still have a passion and love of driving,” comments Matt Dyer, managing director at LeasePlan UK, “especially as electric, autonomous cars and vans, and new forms of mobility gain importance.

But time and again we hear from motorists that the joy of driving is taken away with potholes, congested roads and road-works.  Although the Government is taking steps towards improving road conditions they need to provide a better connected and dynamic infrastructure to facilitate the future needs of all road users.”

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