Many new drivers would happily go miles out of their way if it meant avoiding driving in situations they do not feel comfortable with, according to new research.
A survey of 1,000 UK drivers for Young Driver discovered more than a third of newly-qualified motorists are taking measures to prevent themselves having to negotiate tricky manoeuvres or roads.
Parallel parking? We’d rather not
Some 36 per cent said they try never to parallel park, while 27 per cent admitted looking for parking spaces away from other vehicles so they wouldn’t have to reverse into an enclosed space.
Another 30 per cent reported avoiding the outside lane on motorways, while 22 per cent said they would seek another route if the one they needed had a junction or roundabout they would find difficult.
One in ten even suggested they would feel happier if they could have a car with dual controls after their driving test (and presumably a chaperone to operate them too) in a bid to make them feel safer.
Young Driver spokesperson Sue Waterfield said: “It seems the UK’s drivers are passing their test and still feeling extremely nervous about many of the quite routine manoeuvres and situations you face on the roads.”
There were around 1.7 million driving tests taken in 2018-19, with 761,972 listed as passes.
Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “We might laugh at this latest news, but it does hide a fairly serious problem. If new drivers don’t practise, they will never gain the experience they need to build their confidence.”