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Weekly Edition - Published 05 September 2015


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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. ˝ 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:- "It's perfectly 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.

What were you most worried about the 1st time you drove alone?

Place Fear  Response
1 Driving in difficult weather conditions 29%
2 Driving alone 27%
3 Driving in the dark 23%
4 Breaking down on your own 19%
6 Not knowing your way around 15%
7 Driving with passengers in the car 8%
8 Ending up somewhere you don't know 7%
9 Not understanding road signs 5%
10 Not knowing how to put fuel in the car 4%

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."

So do 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.

This 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.


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