Anxious new drivers in the
North West fear bad weather, being alone and driving in the dark
BAD weather, being alone in
the car and driving in the dark top the list of the main worries experienced
by new drivers in the North West according to research by car insurance
specialist, Admiral MultiCar.
Admiral surveyed motorists in
the region about their experience while they were learning to drive and
after they 1st passed their driving test. It found the main motivation for
learning to drive is the need to be independent, according to 65% of
motorists asked. ½ said the main reason they
learned was to be able to get to places at their own pace, while 38% said
they did it to be able to get to work.
Somewhat unsurprising is the
main emotion learner drivers in the North West experience during their
driving test; nervousness. More than half (54%) said that's how they felt
when they 1st took their test. However nearly 1 in 5 (18%) said that they
had felt confident on their driving test.
Admiral MultiCar spokesman,
Justin Beddows, commenting on the research said:-
natural to feel nervous when you 1st take your driving test. What is
surprising is the number who said the main emotion they felt was confidence.
I certainly didn't feel confident, and it's a memory that's stayed with me
for the last 25 years!"
Once they pass their test,
many people in the North West can't wait to hit the road by themselves and
do so the same day. 64% said they went out on their own the day they passed
their test. However 5% said they waited at least a month.
Admiral MultiCar found that
the 1st solo drive is full of worries for most drivers in the region. The
number 1 anxiety is driving in difficult weather conditions (29%). This is
followed by driving alone (27%) and driving in the dark (23%). Only 19% said
crashing was their biggest worry.
Q... "What were you most worried
about the 1st time you drove alone?"
difficult weather conditions
Driving in the dark
Breaking down on your own
Not knowing your way around
passengers in the car
somewhere you don't know
understanding road signs
||Not knowing how
to put fuel in the car
Justin Beddows, continued:-
"Nothing quite prepares you for being on the road by yourself for the 1st
time and it's almost like you have to learn to drive again without the
support of your instructor. Our own statistics show that people who
have passed their test and move from a provisional licence are
unfortunately, more likely to have an accident than a learner driver."
motorists in the North West think they would pass their driving test if they
had to re-sit it today? The vast majority are confident in their abilities,
with more than three quarters (77%) drivers saying they would pass. Only 23%
said they don't think they would.
confidence maybe doesn't match reality however as only 41% of the motorists
surveyed said they passed 1st time. For 38% it took 2 attempts and for 13%
it took 3 attempts. But does this match you? Please let us know your
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When I'm 64 - Celebratory open
day at new retirement living development where Paul McCartney went to school
LIVERPOOL Mayor Joe Anderson officially
opened the City's newest retirement living housing development on 2
September 2015; prompting a cue for the Beatles' hit song:- 'When I'm
64…' when guests found out Sir Paul McCartney's old school was
previously on the development's site.
Joseph Williams Mews is Riverside's newest retirement living development for
over 55's, in Belle Vale, located directly opposite the area's main shopping
complex. The scheme consists of 56 affordable rent apartments as well as 12
apartments and two bungalows available to buy on a shared ownership basis.
Sir Paul McCartney attended Joseph Williams School from 1949 to 1953. The
school was closed in 1997 and the site on Naylorsfield Drive was cleared for
Riverside's new retirement living housing built in line, with the Lee Valley
Green Space Strategy.
Maureen Pringle, Riverside Regional Operations
Manager, said:- "Joseph Williams Mews offers a range of housing
options and additional levels of support for couples and single people over
55. The scheme is modern and inviting with a staffed reception area,
hairdressers and beauty salon, laundry facilities and a community café
themed around the history of Liverpool with a pictorial timeline of historic
events dating back to the Belle Vale Prefab Project until the present day."
The £9.4 million 70 home project was developed by Riverside in partnership
with Liverpool City Council and contractors Lovell, design agency DK
Architects, and landscape planners Planit-IE, following the increased demand
for housing for older people in the Lee Valley area
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "Joseph Williams Mews means
local people can look forward to retiring in their own community surrounded
by their friends and family. The modern development has transformed the area
not only for the people that live there but the wider Belle Vale community
with a number of facilities also open to the public too. The investment in
housing for over 55's comes at a vital time and I'm delighted to have opened
the stunning development."
Mr and Mrs Moore were some of the 1st people to
move into their purpose built home at Joseph Williams Mews. They said:-
"Joseph Williams Mews really brings you out of your home, you have
company all the time, and we're really over the moon living here."
Nigel Yates, Regional Director for housing developer Lovell, said:-
"It's great to see people moving in and enjoying life in this modern new
development which we are delighted to have helped create through our
continuing partnership with Riverside. As a locally based company, we're
also very proud to have built what is an impressive facility for retirement
living, providing high quality housing, designed and constructed to the most
exacting standards, for people in the Lee Valley area."
As part of the day, Mayor Joe Anderson toured the development after he
officially cut the ribbon declaring the scheme open. Guests had lunch at
Joseph Williams Mews' soon to be launched café, which will officially be
open to the Belle Vale community later this month.