Ford motoring survey reveals lack of safety or care on Britain's roads
Around 67% of drivers are not confident they would easily pass the driving test if they had to take it again today. Worryingly, this is highest amongst the newly qualified, with 73% of 17 to 24 year olds not confident of passing a retest.
While women believe themselves to be the safest drivers, both male and female motorists confessed to some potentially dangerous driving habits.
Adrian Walsh, director of motoring safety partnership at RoadSafe, said: ‘Women are generally much safer drivers than men; every piece of substantial research done on this subject reveals that. Fundamentally it’s because they take fewer risks.’
‘There is a need for people to learn again how to drive. Advanced driving lessons are an extremely good idea.’
The most dangerous habit for some of the participants was texting at the wheel (including posting messages on social networks using a handheld phone). The 10% of UK drivers texting on the move doubles among 17 to 24 year olds.
The data shows other hazardous behaviours are frequently displayed at the wheel. Motorists confess to being driven to distraction: changing the CD or radio station is the most common habit (60%), followed by driving with one hand (40%), eating and drinking on the move (30%), driving when tired (20%) and talking on a handheld phone (10%).
When asked which features and new technologies would make drivers feel safest, respondents ranked airbags first (32%), Active City Stop (19%) and voice control (11%).