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Women 'least confident on motorway'

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A new survey has shown that youngsters and women believe they lack the required skills to drive on the motorway.

Under half (44%) of those polled aged 18-24 were confident about being behind the wheel on the motorway. A similar amount of women made the same comment.

Compared to them, 65% of drivers aged 55-64 and 70% of male drivers had no confidence issues on motorway driving.

Overall, 14% of the 2,000 motorists surveyed by the AA Driving School said they were not confident of their motorway driving skills.

Drivers in north-west England, at 22%, were the most hesitant to drive on the motorway.

The poll also revealed that nearly 20% of men and 40% of women avoided motorways in their first year of driving.

Even three years after getting their licence, 11% of males and 28% of females did not go onto motorways.

The most commonly observed motorway driving faults were listed by the training school as driving too slowly, not merging safely when joining the motorway and not keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

Simon Douglas, AA Driving School director, said motorways were safer than A roads and those avoiding motorway driving are "at best missing out on speed and convenience of motorway travel".

© Press Association 2009