Drivers say they were better when they started

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Majority believe they were better before

It might seem a little backwards, especially given that generally speaking – practise makes perfect, however that might not be the case when it comes to driving.

A UK study has asked experienced motorists whether they felt they were better drivers today, or when they first gained their driver’s license.

The majority, 57%, believe they were better drivers at the beginning.

The study was completed by the UK driving lesson business, Young Driver, and involved more than 2,400 participants.

Well over a third (39%) of drivers thought they’d struggle to pass the test if they had to retake it now.

Older drivers were even more likely to have that opinion – the study finding 46% of drivers over 55s aren’t confident they would pass the test now.

Kim Stanton from Young Driver tells us many of the experienced drivers felt that they had developed bad habits over the years.

“Despite this we know experience makes a safer driver, and this is borne out in road safety statistics.

“One of the reasons experience is so beneficial is it can help many skills behind the wheel to become automatic, allowing the driver to focus more on being alert to any potential dangers.”

While Kim says despite the feeling that they may not be as safe as their younger counterparts, the crash statistics tell a very different story.

“Shockingly, one in five newly qualified drivers has an accident within six months of getting on the road.

“With 400,000 17-21-year old’s passing their test every year in the UK, that’s 80,000 potentially avoidable accidents within this vulnerable group.”

What do you think? Do you feel that you’re a better driver now, or are you worse than when you first gained your driver’s license?

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