New Year resolutions for learner drivers

By Adele Barry

Learner drivers need a list of new year resolutions according to a new study which has revealed the skills motorists would like learner drivers to get to grips with in the new year.

Research from Young Driver asked 1,000 UK motorists what parts of driving they thought learner drivers should focus on. The dangers of using a mobile phone behind the wheel took top spot, with 56% saying they wish the message would hit home.

Speeding and being more aware of the potential consequences of tailgating also featured highly. However, there were also key driving situations people felt weren’t adequately covered in the learning process.

Almost half (43%) of people thought motorway lessons should be compulsory, with a similar number hoping that would lead to less middle lane hogs on the roads. 40% of motorists thought night time driving should also be a necessary part of lessons. Neither are currently a legal requirement of learning to drive in the UK, although since June 2018, qualified instructors can take learners for lessons on motorways if they choose to do so.

Motorists were also keen to highlight the importance of driver etiquette during tuition - 45% of drivers wished more focus was given to manners behind the wheel, such as thanking other road users or allowing people to filter in.

The top 10 things motorists wish learner drivers could be taught more successfully:

1. Not to use a mobile phone when driving – 56%

2. Not to drive too fast – 49%

3. The dangers of tailgating – 47%

4. Driving etiquette, such as thanking other drivers or allowing people to filter in – 45%

5. How to drive on motorways – 43%

6. How to drive at night – 40%

7. Not to be a middle lane hog – 40%

8. How to park better – 40%

9. To always use an indicator – 38%

10. How to open a car door in a tight parking space without banging it into the car next to you – 35%

Laura White at Young Driver said: “It is perhaps strange that motorway or night time driving - skills which are needed by nearly all UK drivers - are not an essential part of the learning process. It seems motorists think there are things about being a good driver which learners aren’t being taught in a successful way. However, much of it is down to having a greater awareness of other road users and being courteous, a lot of which is gained through experience and not slipping into bad habits."

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