Young drivers are the one of the highest risk groups on the roads, being involved in a disproportionately high amount of serious and fatal collisions.

One potential reason for this – aside from a lack of experience, of course – is that drivers almost immediately forget or ignore much of the good driving practice that they learn to pass their practical test, according to new research by Co-operative insurance.

Behaviour such as exceeding the speed limit or using the brakes poorly are the most common to creep into young drivers’ post-test roadcraft, but worryingly, the advent of internet connected mobile phones means that an increasing number of drivers are becoming distracted by checking and updating social media, as well as diverting their attention from the road for even longer periods of time to take selfies and record videos.

Despite one in 10 drivers admitting to updating social media on the move, 54 per cent of them would classify their driving as ‘very good’. 26 per cent of those surveyed held their hands up to breaking the speed limit within a week of gaining their full licence, with 10 per cent feeling confident enough to illegally put their foot down within hours of becoming qualified.

Another area where new drivers performed poorly is in motorway driving, though this is hardly surprising, as gaining a driving licence requires no formal motorway training, leaving inexperienced drivers to their own devices the first time they venture out onto them.

Despite this, the majority of survey respondents (67 per cent) believed that their driving had improved since passing their test, which is backed up by 72 per cent of passengers who regularly travel with them.

Have you developed any bad driving habits since passing your test? Let us know in the comments section below.

Picture: Fotolia

Daljinder Nagra


July 1, 2015