Actor Melvyn Hayes is one of the drivers taking part in Dangerous drivers' school
Half of all drivers would struggle with at least one part of the driving test if they had to re-sit it, according to an AA/Populus poll*.
Parallel parking would be the hardest thing to get right in a re-test, with women (32%) twice as likely as men (16%) to admit it. Men (9%) were nearly twice as likely as women (5%) to say driving at an appropriate speed would be their downfall.
Londoners (16%) were the least likely to say parallel parking would be the manoeuvre they would find hardest to do to test standard, perhaps because they have to practise it more. Drivers from eastern England (25%), Yorkshire and Humberside (25%) and East Midlands (24%) were the most likely to choose parallel parking.
London drivers lived up to their aggressive reputation, with almost one in twenty (4%) saying that keeping a safe distance would be the hardest thing to do.
One in twenty (5%) of Welsh drivers thought they would struggle with reversing around a corner. But, drivers from the West Midlands and Scotland were more likely to be hesitant about this manoeuvre, with 9% saying they would find it hard.
Use of mirrors highlighted a big difference among age groups with 12% of 18-24-year-olds saying it is the thing they would find hardest to do correctly in a re-test, compared to just 1% of over-65’s.
Other AA/Populus research** showed that 1 in 10 (11%) UK driving licence holders think they are ‘quite’ or ‘very’ unlikely to pass a re-test at all.
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, director of the AA Charitable Trust
Edmund King, director of the AA Charitable Trust, said: “It is alarming that so many drivers think there is at least one aspect of driving that they would struggle to do to the standard required to pass a driving test.
“Being able to manoeuvre correctly, making proper observations and keeping a safe distance and speed are all very important parts of driving safely.
“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.”
Qualified drivers with serious driving problems are tackled by an expert team of AA Driving School instructors in the second series of Channel 5’s, Dangerous Drivers’ School, which starts on Thursday, January 31st at 8pm.
Among the drivers taking part in the show are some famous faces - Kate Walsh (The Apprentice), Rowland Rivron (comedian), Melvyn Hayes (actor, pictured above) and Edwina Currie (author and former MP).
Along with the other participants in the show they tackle driving problems, which include motorway phobias, towing nightmares, over-confidence and crippling nerves.
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.
(28 January 2013)
*Populus interviewed 17,883 aged 18+ on The AA/Populus online panel between 14th – 20th December 2012
** Populus interviewed 16, 961 aged 18+ on The AA/Populus online panel between 21st – 28th September 2011
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