Seventeen million motorists think they would struggle to pass their driving tests if they had to resit, according to the Automobile Association (AA). As such, twenty-five percent of the poll's respondents in eastern England say that parallel parking is the hardest manoeuvre to perform to standard. This falls to sixteen percent of Londoners where parallel parking is common. Four percent of these city dwellers, in contrast, say that keeping a safe distance is the “hardest thing”. Perhaps there are too many aggressive people in the capital. Furthermore, reversing around corners concerns nine percent of drivers in Scotland and the west Midlands, but only five percent in Wales. Also twelve percent of youngsters - specifically those aged eighteen to twenty-four – say they would struggle to use their mirrors correctly. This figure falls to one per-cent of over sixty-fives.
AA Responds To Its Survey
Edmund King, Director of the AA Charitable Trust, said: “It is alarming that so many drivers think there is at least one aspect of driving that they would struggle to do to the standard required to pass a driving test. Being able to manoeuvre correctly, making proper observations and keeping a safe distance and speed are all very important parts of driving safely”. Mr King added: “Driving is a skill for life and - although it is easy to let bad habits form after your test - drivers should make sure their skills are kept polished.”
Thousands of Motorists Not Sure Of Speed Limits
The AA has also reported that two-hundred and fifty thousand (eight percent) of motorists struggle with national speed limits. As such, only ninety-five percent of eighteen to twenty-four year old drivers know that the speed limit for cars on motorways is seventy miles per-hour. This falls to eighty-nine percent of those aged sixty-five plus. Furthermore, only seventy-four percent of youngsters correctly said that the speed limit is seventy on dual carriageways and sixty on single carriageways. For older drivers these figures fell to sixty-four and fifty-nine percent respectively. Worrying.
Director of the AA Charitable Trust Comments
Edmund King said: “It is astonishing that two-hundred and fifty thousand qualified drivers don’t seem to know the motorway speed limit is seventy miles per-hour. Some confusion about the motorway speed limit for cars could well be down to the previous Transport Secretary floating the idea of raising the limit to eighty. He concluded: “There is no reason why drivers shouldn’t be able to correctly identify the speed limit of dual carriageways and single carriageways."
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