Most Motorists Overestimate Their Driving Skills According To A Study

According to a recent survey conducted by the British MoneySuperMarket, 7 out of 10 motorists do not trust other road users and consider that those need to improve driving safety (71% of the 1,000 interviewed drivers).

At the same time, the majority – 63% – would not take the Pass Plus training to help drivers be safer on the road. In fact, the average British motorist estimates his driving skills at 8 points out of 10. And what is more interesting, more than half (59%) of citizens at least once became participants in an accident, and 55% – did not pass the driving test on the first attempt.

Kevin Pratt, consumer affairs expert at MoneySuperMarket, noted that the study showed interesting paradoxes in the minds of drivers.

A significant majority think other drivers should improve their level of safety behind the wheel, while motorists typically give themselves a confident 8 out of 10 when asked to score the safety of their own driving.

The study also showed that 44% of Britons consider the young drivers to be the least safe. Nevertheless, more than half of the 18-24-year-olds (52%) have never been in a crash.

47% in this age group passed their driving tests at the first time of asking. For comparison, among the 34-34-year-olds, only 34% passed with their first try. Despite this, insurance companies often refer inexperienced young drivers to a group of the highest risk, although this may be not justified, according to MoneySuperMarket.

The study refutes the fact that young drivers have more chances to get into a road accident. Young people like to use new technologies. The emerging telematics technology  insurers use gives young drivers a chance to demonstrate, that they can be responsible drivers and deserve more trust.

Source: Motor 1 

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