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Bad driving habits develop just 10 weeks after passing test, survey finds

A study has found that bad habits creep into British motorists’ driving just 10 weeks after passing their driving test.

Not holding your steering wheel at the correct “10 to 2” position and not checking mirrors every time they make a manoeuvre were the earliest faults to emerge, while one in 10 of the 2,000 motorists surveyed admitted to letting bad habits creep in just a week after passing.

Women were also more likely to admit to developing bad habits than men, with 40 per cent of women owning up compared to 32 per cent of men. Women said that rummaging around in their handbags was one of their main driving flaws, while men frequently confessed to tailgating and running a red light.

Elsewhere, drivers developed habits of middle-lane hogging just four and a half months after ripping up their L-plates, while perhaps more shockingly, motorists admitted to not always wearing a seatbelt behind the wheel just a few months after receiving their licence.

Fifty three per cent of motorists in the poll also felt that they had developed more bad habits behind the wheel than they had the day after passing their test.

Motorists also acknowledged to carrying out illegal U-turns and cutting up other vehicles five months into their driving career, littering from their car after three months and dangerously overtaking in just four months.

The survey was commissioned by personal injury specialists Accident Advice Helpline (AAH).

David Carter, of AAH, said: “Lots of drivers are happy to admit to bad practices when behind the wheel, most of which are harmless. But it’s important to stay vigilant with observation and safety, as letting your guard down for too long could result in an accident.

“Bad driving habits can compromise safety and the research suggests it’s all too easy to let our driving standards slip.”

Ted Welford

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June 26, 2018

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