There are many things the UK’s motorists think learners or new drivers could change or improve when behind the wheel.

  • What do learner drivers really want to be tested on?

Research by Young Driver, which consulted 1,000 UK motorists, suggests which elements of driving should get more attention. The 10th place entry has little to do with actual driving, with 35 percent saying learners should be taught how to handle a car door, so as to not ding other cars on the way out. Similarly,how to park better came eighth, chosen by 40 percent of those asked.

Traditional driving best practice comes in at ninth, with 38 percent saying further education on indicator use was necessary. In seventh and sixth, 40 percent said not being a middle-lane hog and driving at night should be on the list.

Motorway driving was fifth, with 43 percent saying it’s a priority point for learning. Interesting, given learners have, until recently, not even been allowed on motorways. It’s still not a part of the driving test today.

Road manners filter in at 45 percent for fourth, including driving etiquette – thanking other drivers, for instance. Tailgating and the dangers thereof follow in third, with 47 percent voting for that. Predictably, speed comes high, in second, with 49 percent saying there should more emphasis on speed awareness.

In first place, then, is an emphasis on not using a mobile phone behind the wheel. A whopping 56 percent said this was of absolute importance when teaching young people to drive.

What about the lessons below the top 10? One many do get frustrated with is learners and young drivers going too slowly. In total, 34 percent said this should be emphasised in their learning.

Headlight use (29 percent), driving with passengers without getting distracted (25 percent) and how average speed cameras work (19 percent) were also mentioned.

Source: MotoringResearch

December 3, 2018