Driving phobias and nightmares

AA tackles serious driving problems in new Channel 5 series

17 October 2011

AA tackles serious driving problems in new Channel 5 series

AA tackles serious driving problems in new Channel 5 series

Qualified drivers with serious driving problems are tackled by an expert team of AA Driving School instructors in a new Channel 5 series, Dangerous Drivers’ School, which starts on October 19th at 8pm.

AA Driving School instructors have been filmed giving Drive Confident and Drive Smart lessons, which are run through the AA Charitable Trust.

The episodes include qualified drivers who are terrified of flyovers, phobic of motorways, unable to drive at suitable speeds (both too fast and too slow), can’t use roundabouts and one who can’t stay in the left lane.

Driving test re-test

To coincide with the launch of the new TV series, AA Driving School asked the AA/Populus panel: "If you had to re-take your driving test now how likely do you think you would be to pass?"

The results show that more than 1 in 10 UK driving licence holders (11%) think they are ‘quite’ or ‘very’ unlikely to pass a re-test.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, men are more confident about whether they would pass a test again, with 32% feeling they were ‘very likely’ to do so compared to 23% of women.

And it seems younger drivers are less sure of their ability to pass a re-test than older drivers; with 15% of 18-24-year-olds saying there are ’quite’ or ‘very’ unlikely to pass compared to 9% of over 65’s.

Londoners were the most confident with just 9% thinking they would fail a re-test. The least confident area was Tyne Tees, where 13% thought they would fail a re-test.

Comment

Driving is a skill for life and, although it is easy to let bad habits form after your test, drivers should make sure their skills are kept polished

Edmund King, AA president

Edmund King, AA president, said: “It is alarming to think more than 3 million drivers who have passed their test may not be safe on the roads due to a lack or confidence or competence; to such a degree they don’ t think they would pass their driving test.

“It is particularly worrying so many young drivers think they would not pass a re-test, when it can’t have been long since they took their test.

“Driving is a skill for life and, although it is easy to let bad habits form after your test, drivers should make sure their skills are kept polished.”

Free lessons

To mark the launch of the Channel 5 series, the AA Charitable Trust has 2,000 free courses, like the ones taken on the show, available for nervous, lapsed or dangerous drivers.

(14 October 2011)

(AA/Populus poll of 16,961 AA members conducted between 21st – 28th September 2011)