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Top 10 biggest fears of new drivers

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Whether you learn to drive as a fresh-faced teenager or wait until you’re a little older and wiser, all learners go through the same experiences.

From the sense of fear as you first drive down a slipway to join a motorway, to the challenge of trying to parallel park on a busy road – every new driver faces their own set of fears and worries.

New research from Car Parts 4 Less has revealed just what these fears are, as well as how long it takes Brits to learn how to drive.

A staggering 70% of UK adults said they were not confident driving alone immediately after passing their test, with 4% claiming they still don’t feel confident to this day.

The biggest concern for a third of new female drivers was driving on the motorway (35%) whereas the biggest worry for men was crashing (28%).

The average licensed driver (19%) only needed 16 to 20 hours of lessons on average (including driving with a friend or relative) before passing their driving test.

However, one in five (17%) needed over 41 hours – proving that for some, learning to drive isn’t a walk in the park. Most took 6-8 months to learn (22%).

Men were more likely to require fewer lesson hours than women – 20% of men took 16-20 hours whereas 22% of women needed more than 41. Men were also more likely to pass their theory and practical tests the first time compared to women.

Nationwide, more than half (58%) passed their theory test first time and 44% passed their practical test on the first go too. One in 10 (10%) took five or more attempts to pass their practical test.

Top 10 biggest fears of new drivers

  1. Motorway driving (31%)
  2. Crashing (28%)
  3. Driving in bad weather, eg rain or snow (26%)
  4. Parallel parking (26%)
  5. Stalling (22%)
  6. Reverse parking (20%)
  7. Driving at night (19%)
  8. Driving on new or unknown roads (14%)
  9. Driving alone (14%)
  10. Car maintenance, eg replacing oil or petrol (13%)


About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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