NEW research commissioned by the UK's leading independent road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has revealed that potentially millions of drivers are worried about driving on Britain's roads.
The charity surveyed 1,004 motorists on which roads they are most worried about driving on, with 60 per cent of respondents declaring that they are worried about getting behind the wheel, in some form.
This potentially represents 24 million drivers of the 40 million full driving licence holders in the UK.
Some 33 per cent of those surveyed reported that they are most worried about driving on smart motorways, making them the road type motorists fear driving on the most, by some distance.
This compares starkly with the six per cent of drivers who are worried about motorways with a hard shoulder.
Meanwhile, only 14 per cent of drivers stated that they are worried about driving on rural or countryside single carriage way roads, despite most road related deaths occur on them.
Neil Greig, director of policy and research at IAM RoadSmart, said: "Our research has laid bare the staggering number of people who feel worried about driving on Britain's roads.
"We would encourage drivers to do all they can to re-educate themselves, especially during National Road Victim Month, on how to navigate the unique challenges and considerations each road type presents."
On the survey's smart motorways findings, Mr Greig added: "While statistics may well show that smart motorways have fewer fatal crashes than conventional motorways, our research shows that far too many drivers still don't feel safe on them.
"Moving forward, it is vital that National Highways up their efforts to keep the public informed and continue to raise awareness of how to drive safely on smart motorways. It is also clear that awareness needs to be raised about the risks of rural roads.
"Far from being a pleasant drive in the countryside, these are the type of roads which can punish mistakes with death and injury."