Many young motorists do not feel they were given adequate chance to experience adverse weather conditions when learning how to drive.

This is the conclusion of new research from Young Driver, which comes in the wake of Storm Ciara this week.

Difficulties arise when bad weather hits

According to a survey of 1,000 young drivers, one in five (21 per cent) stated they do not feel confident driving when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Overall, driving in the rain was shown to be a worry for many young motorists, while 46 per cent said they feel especially unprepared when there is ice and snow on the roads.

Sue Waterfield, head of marketing at Young Driver, said: “It’s one of the reasons we suggest extending learning over a longer period of time, as it gives people a chance to try driving in lots of different weather conditions and in varying levels of light.”

Indeed, offering extended training time to young drivers would help to better prepare them for their future behind the wheel. Moreover, it’s not only bad weather that can impact a person’s confidence, but also the lack of visibility that comes with driving during the darker months of the year.

Finding ways to build the confidence and skills of young motorists should therefore be a priority.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Many young drivers feel they have been left to fend for themselves when it comes to tackling adverse weather after they have passed their test. Ensuring all motorists have the necessary experience and confidence to drive in all conditions is something that should therefore be examined by the government.”

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