Drivers Develop Bad Habits Straight After Passing Test, According To Study

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You only really begin to learn to drive after you passed your test, at least that’s the way the adage goes.

But it seems drivers may well develop bad habits almost immediately after passing the test, according to new research.

A recent study found drivers began showing signs of sloppy standards just two weeks getting their licenses.

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After just 14 days, the motorists began driving without a seatbelt on, and after three weeks they were tailgating and even texting while driving.

The research, commissioned by Comparethemarket.com in light of the new driving test regulations, found just under a fifth of those with their lovely pink driving licences are concerned with their driving ability.

Around two thirds of the motorists who were surveyed agreed the driving test is harder now than when they passed their tests. Half even believed they wouldn’t pass the test if they were to re-take it now.

To put that to the test, Comparethemarket.com have released an online test to see how motorists fare with the new driving requirements.

The poll, conducted by OnePoll.com, also revealed UK drivers’ least favourite manoeuvre is the parallel park, which unfortunately won’t be going anywhere in the new test.

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Simon McCulloch, Director at Comparethemarket.com said:

Ahead of the new driving regulations being integrated into the practice exam, we wanted to find out how existing drivers felt about the new requirements.

We also wanted to understand current driving habits, and test how Brits would fare if they were to participate in the new exam.

More bad habits came to light in the survey, including motorists admitting to making phone calls behind the wheel a mere three weeks after passing their tests.

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Steering one-handed also became a bad habit just five weeks into their driving.

Interestingly, three quarters of motorists describe themselves as good drivers, but 71 per cent admitted to developing poor practices over time.

Just under four fifths of those surveyed admitted they could put more effort into becoming a better driver.

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Simon McCulloch added:

The test has been updated with a change in required manoeuvres and satnav is now integral to the exam.

There is also an increased length of independent driving in the new test, to 20 minutes.

Changing this element of the test will see more test routes on high speed roads, leaving nearly half of drivers (44 per cent) concerned about their own safety with learners also practising on these roads.

Motorists also expressed concern that car insurance rates would rise due to the worry that more learners will practice driving on bigger and faster roads, although there is no evidence that this will be the case.

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Unsure how you’d fare in the new driving test? Give it a go here.