Survey reveals estate agents as top drivers

A survey has revealed how our driving habits can be influenced by our job, with certain professions proving to be more adept on the road than others.

Car finance experts, Zuto, commissioned the online survey of 2,004 British motorists in order to establish whether there is a link between drivers’ road habits and what they do for a living.

The results that came back were close. Estate agents had the best driving skills with 61% ranked safe and sensible, whilst police officers and farmers finished in second (59%) and third (58%) places respectively.

Fourth and fifth positions were occupied by chefs and artists, who boasted scores of 57% and 54% respectively.

The high score received by estate agents was backed up by 80% of them never having received a speeding fine and 92% never having run a red light.

Meanwhile, more than half (54%) of accountants were found to have received a speeding fine, with one in ten of those having accumulated an average of five fines, compared to the national average of one (48%). A quarter of offenders admitted to doing so in order to get home sooner.

Professionals in marketing and recruitment proved the worst at parallel parking and three-point turns respectively, with doctors and nurses struggling to stop at traffic lights.

CEO of Zuto James Wilkinson commented: “It’s interesting to see that our driving habits could be influenced by our jobs and it’s reassuring that occupations where people tend to drive others around such as estate agents and police officers, see driving habits and overall safety improve as a result.”

Author: Laura Thomson

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

February 8, 2016

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