Sunday 18 February 2018

Have fuel costs taken enjoyment out of driving?

Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

WE sit behind the wheel of motoring wonders with all the comforts of home -- yet many of us don't enjoy driving any more.

Well, that is what is happening according to a study by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). It found that one-in-three motorists don't enjoy driving any more.

I'm just asking if people, apart from the few who can afford sporty cars, ever really enjoyed driving?

The biggest turn-off nowadays, apparently, is the cost of fuel. We are worried about using too much so we tip along watching the needle.

More than half (51pc) are pre-occupied with fuel costs with congestion (41pc) also ruining their days. But 28pc are just 'no longer excited by driving' while 25.9pc have less leisure time.

Strange word 'excited'. Not sure I would use that for most cars. Would you?

It's not all gloomy. Nearly four-in-10 (39pc) still consider driving for fun as their hobby; one-third still go out "for a spin".

More than half (50pc) think they are good drivers compared to other road users -- 45pc feel they are "very good".

More than three-in-four (78pc) usually drive when out with their partner but half don't always feel relaxed when accompanied.

The behaviour of other drivers is the main reason for discomfort and nerves with 60pc of those who took part in the survey.

Next in line were bad weather conditions and driving near to lorries.

What do you think? Is 'enjoyable driving' a myth or a reality for most people? Do they not see cars just getting them from A to B?

Do you 'enjoy' driving? Let me know what you enjoy and what spoils it for you.

ecunningham@independent.ie Twitter @ecunninghamcars

Irish Independent

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