A study from Young Driver claims 99% of UK motorists would like to send some drivers back to school to refine their skills behind the wheel.
The provider of pre-17 driving lessons asked 1,000 UK motorists what elements of driving they thought should be focused on more in the learning process. As well as driving at the correct speed, driver etiquette and avoiding distractions, one in three drivers said they wished learners had a lesson on the careful opening of car doors, to avoid dinging another vehicle.
They also wished they could learn about the dangers of using a mobile phone behind the wheel, driving too fast and tailgating. Driving etiquette also featured highly, with 45% of drivers wishing more focus was given to that during lessons. Being a middle lane hog, bad parking and failing to use an indicator were also bad habits drivers wished could be avoided by getting the learning process right.
Another area people thought should be an essential part of the driving curriculum is night time and motorway driving – with neither currently being a legal requirement of learning to drive in the UK, despite them being a regular experience for most motorists.
The top 10 things motorists wish learner drivers could be taught more successfully, according to the research, are:
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 from Young Driver said: “A large part of being a good driver boils down to having a greater awareness of other road users and being courteous to those around you. There are also certain areas where more practical tuition would help too, like motorway or night-time driving, which are needed by nearly all drivers, but are not an essential part of the learning process in the UK. Of course, in many cases, people may have been taught the right way to drive, but bad habits slip in over time.”