During the winter, millions of motorists refrain from driving.

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Due to concerns about slick roads and reduced sight, one in every five drivers avoids the roads entirely during the colder months.

Anxiety over driving isn’t limited to the winter, with one-third (32%) of respondents reporting they don’t like driving in the dark all year.

Furthermore, 21% of drivers dread driving on country roads the most, with motorways coming in second (18%).

While 14% of motorists say city center roads make them nervous, and 13% dislike roundabouts.

The Zego-commissioned survey of 2,000 motorists also discovered that 62% would not want to be a delivery driver during the winter and Christmas season, especially if they had to drive in such severe conditions.

To avoid driving in the winter weather, nearly four out of ten people (39%) plan to do their Christmas shopping online this year.

A whopping 79% stated road traffic accidents had put them off driving in the winter, with more than half admitting they are more careful while driving in worse circumstances such as heavy rain or snow.

“It is interesting to see how so many people hate driving through the winter months,” said Sten Saar, CEO of the commercial motor insurer.

“There are more cars on the road because of the Christmas period which naturally means there are more accidents. The weather conditions in particular don’t help.

“It is important to be cautious this time of year and to think about those who have no choice but to drive in such conditions because of their job.

“We are proud to insure the couriers who supply and feed us throughout the darker months, working a job many of us would be scared to do.”

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