Men refuse driving improvement tuition

June 10, 2013 | By | In News

Men are less likely to want to improve their driving skills, according to a survey conducted by the AA.

Blokes are notorious for not accepting guidance behind the wheel – as the old stereotype of not stopping to ask for directions would suggest – but as much as 78 per cent of male motorists would rather risk a prang on the road, rather than undergo tuition to improve their driving.

The figures were released by the AA after it offered 2,000 free lessons to motorists in order to hone their skills.

Designed to aid everyone from nervous to dangerous drivers, just 22 per cent of those who signed up were men.

This is despite men being twice as likely as women to be involved in a road accident, with 17,478 killed or seriously injured in 2011, compared to 7,544 women.

Younger drivers were most interested in improving skills, with most course applicants aged between 21 and 25.

Applicants also showed a geographical divide, with three times as many signing up from the South East compared to the North West, which made up just ten per cent of applicants.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, AA director Edmund King said: “Drivers should not let pride get in the way of improving their skills.

“Everyone, no matter how long they have had their licence, can become a safer driver and we all have a responsibility to ensure our skills are up to date.

“Males shouldn’t worry about their pride being dented as further driver training can reduce risk.

“There is nothing to lose from asking for help if there is an area of your driving you think could be improved.”

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