According to the results of an online survey of more than 2,000 drivers, the key triggers for nervousness include driving abroad (36%), driving in bad weather (32%), towing a caravan (30%), driving in areas or on roads we’re not familiar with (28%), using the motorway (11%) and driving with kids in the car (6%) — all common scenarios for motorists during the Easter break.

More than 2m drivers have never filled up their own car with petrol or diesel

Both younger drivers (94% of 18-24-year-olds) and women in particular (84%, versus 55% of men) revealed that they are concerned about driving.

Amazingly, the survey by Lloyds Bank Car Insurance also found that 2.3m drivers — 5% of licence-holders — have never filled up their own car with petrol of diesel, meaning many will be hoping they don’t run out of fuel while en route.

The research also highlighted a knowledge gap among drivers about what to do after an accident or when their vehicle breaks down. A third of motorists (31%) don’t know how to jump start a car if the battery has died, 30% don’t know how to change a tyre and 14% don’t know what to do if their vehicle breaks down on the motorway.

One in 10 (10%) drivers have no idea what to do if they were involved in an accident with another motorist, which rises to 22% if the accident involves a pedestrian. [Read’s guide to what to do after an accident.]

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