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Don't Let the Rust Set In

Sep 13, 2007

MANY motorists suffer "rusty driver syndrome" through rarely venturing on the roads, it is revealed today.

As many as 11% of motorists do not drive for two years or more after passing their test, a survey from Churchill Car Insurance found.

Around 7% of all motorists drive only twice a month or less and 42% of them admit their driving skills are impaired by the infrequency of their journeys.

Based on replies from 1,019 adults, the poll also showed 47% of motorists do not enjoy driving on busy roads in cities and 57% would prefer to avoid urban areas but see driving in cities as a necessity.

Churchill Car Insurance spokeswoman Frances Browning said: "Motorists getting back behind the wheel after a break can find it daunting.

"Drivers need to be able to handle different road and traffic situations.

"For those who feel their driving skills have become 'rusty', it may be worth undertaking a refresher course now and again to increase confidence and make the roads safer for everyone."

(c) 2007 Evening Chronicle - Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

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