While few can argue that ending COVID-19 pandemic restrictions isn't a good thing, all that staying at home has apparently taken a toll on our driving skills.Â
Thirty-seven percentÂ of the respondents in aÂ new surveyÂ admit they've entirely forgotten how to drive.
The non-scientific poll of 2,000 Americans commissioned byÂ Nextbase Dash Cams revealed that 47%Â say they havenât driven more than 50 miles per month since the pandemic began. As a result, 35% say their driving skills aren't what they used to be pre-COVID, and 39% say they're more nervous driving now than they ever have been. Thirty-four percent said they'd like to re-take driver's edÂ to get more comfortable behind the wheel.
For those who have ventured out on the road,Â 53% of respondents said the highways and byways have been a "free-for-all" post-lockdown, as people got used to driving -- and not following the rules -- when there were fewer cars on the road.Â
As a result, 46% of respondents say they've become increasingly annoyed at other drivers: 33% say they're using their horns more than ever; 25% say they've flashed their lights at annoying motorists; and 21% have even yelled out the window at other drivers. Fifteen percent admit they've cut off other drivers to express their discontent.
Nexbase directorÂ Richard BrowningÂ explains,Â "[W]e've seen a significant increase in shared consumer dash cam video vividly documenting incidents of dangerousÂ drivingÂ and road rage."
Considering this, it's no surprise that 39% of respondentsÂ said they're more anxious aboutÂ drivingÂ now than ever.
All of this is especially bad considering 62% of those surveyed said they plan to take a road trip of 100 miles or more this summer.
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