About half of all male drivers throw caution to the wind and take the to the road despite feeling unsafe, a survey by Zurich reveals.
Tiredness was the most common reason men cited for feeling that they were unsafe to drive, followed by having drunk alcohol several hours before driving.
Only 28% of women admitted they had driven when they felt it was unsafe, although a big 70% of those women attributed their unease to “feeling upset”. Just under 40% of the male drivers who admitted feeling unsafe also said this was because they were upset.
Zurich market development manager Max Todd said drivers were becoming more aware that factors such as tiredness and emotional upset affected their driving.
“But with 50% of men admitting to driving when they're not sure whether they're safe, there's a long way to go before drivers take action and refuse to get in their cars in such situations,” he said.
Other reasons the men surveyed cited for feeling unsafe to drive were having drunk alcohol immediately before driving (40%) and having taken medication (28%).
The biggest reason women named was feeling tired (75%), followed by having drunk alcohol several hours before driving (50%), having drunk alcohol immediately before driving (10%) and having taken medication (18%).