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Almost Half Of British Drivers Swerve Manoeuvres
Have you ever felt a little bit nervous driving down the M6? Well, it seems you’re not alone as we’ve discovered that one in 10 UK drivers steer clear of motorways.
The data, taken from our latest survey, has also revealed that despite racking up a small fortune on driving lessons, almost half (45%) of motorists confessed they avoid certain manoeuvres from their tests, with 58% of women avoiding at least one tricky task, compared to 32% of men.
Nearly a third (28%) of people admitted they’d pass by a spare space on a road if it meant they had to parallel park, with women being the most likely to search for another spot. (38%)
Of the 2,000 drivers we quizzed about their driving habits, 3% even said they would avoid any route with roundabouts.
It seems there is still a huge lack of confidence behind the wheel for Brits, despite 7% of people spending over a grand on driving lessons, and the average learner shelling out £367.
Unfortunately, its women who fare worst in gaining their P plates. Our data shows they have to spend almost twice as much as men on lessons (£451 v £271 respectively) – and to top it off, they’re quoted £40 more on average, for insurance!
The nation’s average learner is just 21 when they learn to drive, and has lessons for 14 months in the build-up to the big exam.
But the slog doesn’t pay off for almost half of drivers (46%) who fail their driving test first time around.
A further 8% of drivers have to take more than four resits before they can finally trade in their provisional licence.
When learners are finally given the green light to be let loose on the streets, the average newly qualified driver spends an additional £639 paying out for cover for their wheels.
It was interesting to investigate the nation’s driving habits, especially considering how much people spend on lessons, only to lack the confidence to perform most of what they learnt when they get out on the roads!
With the average person taking their test twice, new drivers can give themselves the best chance of passing by getting in plenty of practice before the big day – and remember to carry on if you make a mistake in your driving test. Chances are it won’t affect your result if it’s not serious.
Last December, ministers announced that learner drivers will be allowed to have lessons on motorways because often they are too scared to drive on them, once they have passed their test.
On the other end of the scale, concerns have been raised that some elderly people could be continuing to drive when they are not fit to do so.
The DVLA’s latest figures suggest that there are 236 motorists over the age of 100 with a valid driving licence, however, they may live abroad or have died since the data was gathered.