New drivers picking up bad habits faster than ever

New drivers picking up bad habits faster than ever
New drivers picking up bad habits faster than ever

Newly qualified drivers are picking up bad habits faster than every, according to new research, despite the driving test having been made tougher recently.

More than a third of drivers (34 per cent) who have passed under the new test admit to letting bad habits creep in within three weeks of gaining their licence, compared to a fifth (21 per cent) of those who passed the old test.

Almost half of those questioned said that they drove with just one hand on the wheel (47 per cent) while more than one in five (22 per cent) admitted to breaking the speed limit.

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The study by comparethemarket.com also found that, despite changes to make the test more like everyday driving, many new motorists aren’t confident in their abilities.

Among the changes introduced last December was a requirement for most candidates to follow guidance from a sat nav system. Yet, 21 per cent of new drivers don’t feel confident using a system.

Daniel Hutson, head of motor insurance at comparethemarket.com comments: “While the driving test shake-up has been designed to better prepare motorists for a life on the road, it seems that the revised assessment is only leading to new drivers slipping into dangerous habits quicker than ever before.

“It’s vital that we prepare new drivers in as realistic way as possible; ensuring the safety of everyone on the road. The changes to the test, particularly the extended time of independent driving and use of a sat-nav should help to produce better, safer motorists, newly qualified drivers must remain diligent behind the wheel and not allow themselves to become over-confident once their L-plates are removed.”

The news comes as separate research suggests that learners pick up far more bad habits from their mum than their dad, adding more fuel to the never-ending argument over who makes the better drivers.

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